Will SWEEP sweep the industry?

Will SWEEP sweep the industry?

Proposed waste and recycling certification group plans meeting Feb. 12 in Washington.

February 1, 2019

The coordinators and organizers of the proposed Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol (SWEEP) standard for waste and recycling practices have scheduled what they are calling their first “national public information meeting” on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Washington.

The meeting will be held to “review the Public Comment draft of the [SWEEP] Standard in depth, and to take comments on how it can be improved,” according to an e-mail sent from the SWEEP offices in Epsom, New Hampshire.

Comments made at the Feb. 12 meeting will be evaluated by SWEEP committees and potentially integrated into the next drafted standard, to be released in March, according to the organization.

The drafted SWEEP municipal standard was published in December 2018 and has been compared to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) model that has gained widespread adoption in the architecture, engineering and construction sectors.

In a description of its efforts SWEEP says, “The Municipal Market SWEEP Standard evaluates the environmental, economic and social aspects of providing municipal solid waste services. The standard will be achievable by municipal governments of all sizes and covers a range of activities, whether contracted out to waste industry companies or provided by municipal employees.”

In addition to a Municipal Standard, the SWEEP website indicates the group also is developing an Industry Standard to “evaluate the environmental, economic and social aspects of delivering private solid waste activities directly to customers or on behalf of a municipality [that] covers a range of activities, from hauling, to recovery, to processing, to vertical integration.”

The Feb. 12 meeting is being held at the Milken Institute School of Public Health on the George Washington University campus, in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington. A way to register for the meeting in advance can be found here. Event organizers say people who cannot be there in person will have the option of joining a live stream video presentation of the Feb. 12 meeting, if they preregister. The meeting is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time.