ASTM International’s committee on waste management (D34) recently launched work on three proposed new standards. Anyone with an interest in waste management is invited to join the work on the following proposed standards, which are being developed by a subcommittee that focuses on treatment, recovery and reuse (D34.03).
Guide for Creating Product Specific Waste Hierarchy (WK55328)
This proposed guide will help organizations create a “waste hierarchy” that evaluates waste materials and products in the context of each product’s attributes as well as the region’s waste-management infrastructure and environmental impact. The proposed standard will be used by consumer product manufacturers, sustainability advisors, municipalities, and industry organizations with an interest in sustainable management of materials after use.
“This will be a valuable guide to companies and municipalities looking to maximize the sustainability of their products and waste management planning and operations,” says Teresa Clark, vice president of product development at ENSO Plastics.
Guide for Operating a Successful Municipal Compost Program (WK55329)
This proposed guide will help cities and towns manage and evaluate compost programs. According to Clark, the standard will provide real-world applications for composting tests and certifications.
“The interest in composting is continuing to increase, however there is very little guidance on how to operate a successful compost program,” she notes. “This guide will help municipalities and compost-facility owners by providing clear direction of how to operate, evaluate, and design programs that are environmentally and economically beneficial.”
Classification for Landfills Based on Design, Operation, and Environmental Impact (WK55330)
“Sustainability is quickly becoming not only a household phrase but also a critical aspect of commerce and development,” says Clark. “But there is a lack of understanding regarding differing types of landfills, the waste they accept, and their environmental impact.”
The proposed classification aims to clarify acceptable landfill waste and to foster educated decision making regarding waste management policies. People involved with sustainability issues as well as those in the waste management industry will be the primary users of this proposed standard.
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