As waste reduction and diversion become increasingly high priorities across the country, figuring out how to change the status quo can be challenging. Well-intentioned ideas may have unintended consequences, different technologies can be hard to compare, and what works for one city may not work for another.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a number of tools to help with these decisions, though the Municipal Solid Waste Decision Support Tool (DST) is one of the most powerful. It has been in the works for decades, but may be more relevant now than ever. With a second generation version on the way, this tool could be a key resource as more governments and companies make the shift toward zero waste.