The Recovered Materials section oversees the recycling, waste reduction and solid waste planning activities within the State of Tennessee. The section analyzes quantitative and qualitative data gathered from over 1000 recycling reports of public and private sources, landfill reports, and over 500 collection and recycling facility reports toward achieving the 25% waste reduction and diversion goal.
Technical Assistance on waste reduction and recycling is provided to counties, municipalities, policy makers, solid waste industry, recycling industry, NGOs, and residents in the following ways.
- Aiding the development and evaluation of Regional Solid Waste Plans, identifying equipment needs, providing solid waste and recycling infrastructure design, and referring issues to technical assistance providers (i.e. Development Districts, Southeast Recycling Development Council).
- Providing regulatory oversight and ensuring regional solid waste systems comply with the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 (Tennessee Code Annotated § 68-211- Part 8).
- Preparing annual and quarterly data reporting provides support for statewide goals, the EPA National Measurement Project, and the Annual Report to the Governor and General Assembly.
2015-2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan
The Recovered Materials section is central to implementing the 2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan for the State of Tennessee through focus objectives, strategies, and tactics.
Annual Progress Report
Information for the 2019 Annual Progress Report for Solid Waste can be entered at Re-TRAC Connect. Additionally, the Local Solid Waste Management Reporting and Planning Guidance and 2019 Recycling and Diversion Reporting Surveys documents serves to assist regions in further understanding of reporting, the reporting requirements, and the current reporting process.