Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) represents a change in how our society thinks about the use of natural resources and environmental protection. SMM is an approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire life cycle, to assure we have resources to meet our needs today and in the future.
SCS Engineers is an innovative force in developing new waste diversion programs. We designed one of the first e-waste collection events in California and studied the feasibility of a diaper recycling facility – the first in the United States. We are still leading the charge to sustainable materials management through innovative policies, programs, and infrastructure that increase diversion, reduce contamination, recycle more materials, and manage costs.
SCS offers comprehensive services to assist in achieving your SMM goals and reducing your carbon footprint. We offer not only technical expertise, but also the financial, regulatory, and educational skills to develop cost-effective and sustainable programs.
Our Sustainable Materials Management practice includes:
Many municipalities in the United States have prepared, adopted, and are implementing Sustainable Materials Management Plans. These plans establish a variety of waste goals, ranging from 70% diversion up to 100% diversion, with timeframes of 10 to 20 years.
The keys to an effective SMM/Zero Waste plan are the incorporation of both upstream and downstream policies and programs. Upstream policies include extended producer responsibility policies for hard-to-handle materials and packaging, or community-based social marketing efforts and media campaigns. Downstream programs include material bans, mandatory food scraps or recyclables collection, and programs that target specific sectors, such as single-family, commercial businesses, hotels, and restaurants.
SCS’s planning process includes the following steps:
New technologies and innovative facilities offer economically sustainable and environmentally responsible solutions to manage and process both household and commercial wastes. One solution for export restrictions and contamination are facilities that recover a sustainable supply of competitively priced raw materials and in-demand commodities with high specificity for re-sale markets. These facilities employ additional processes for generating clean cellulose, engineered fuels, and biogas from traditionally non-recyclable materials.
SCS Engineers will:
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