Country:United States
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2011
Policy Type:Voluntary Approaches>Public Voluntary Schemes
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: stategic plan

Sustainable materials management (SMM) is a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire lifecycles. It represents a change in how our society thinks about the use of natural resources and environmental protection. By examining how materials are used throughout their lifecycle, an SMM approach seeks to:

  • Use materials in the most productive way with an emphasis on using less.
  • Reduce toxic chemicals and environmental impacts throughout the material lifecycle.
  • Assure we have sufficient resources to meet today’s needs and those of the future.

The three strategic priorities chosen as the focus of the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Program for Fiscal Years 2017 to 2022 present significant opportunities for environmental, economic and social results. The strategic priority areas include 1) The Built Environment; 2) Sustainable Food Management; and 3) Sustainable Packaging.

Work under each of these areas will support the four primary SMM program objectives to:

  1. Decrease the disposal rate, which includes source reduction, reuse, recycling and prevention; 
  2. Reduce the environmental impacts of materials across their life cycle; 
  3. Increase socio-economic benefits; and 
  4. Increase the capacity of state and local governments, communities and key stakeholders to adopt and implement SMM policies, practices and incentives.

Last modified: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:55:13 CET