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  • Commercial Sector - Examples would include big box stores, grocery stores, restaurants, storefront operations, etc. Events from sports arenas and stadiums that are repetitive would be considered retail sales. This would include government generated material that cannot be separated out that may be mixed with other commercially generated material.
  • Temporary logins with read only ability can facilitate data requests and report reviews and free up staff time -Very easy to deliver a standard waste/recycling survey and receive back uniform data without the need for any mailing, forms or state side data entry.-Because there is no rekeying of data from multiple sources, eliminates errors in reporting.-Time Spent Collecting & Analyzing of Recycling/Solid Waste Data has been reduced roughly 75% with improved accuracy.-County/City Officials are more apt to provide good data as system takes them less time enter and submit vs. filling out paper forms, and manipulating stand along databases or spreadsheets for example.-When errors do occur, they can be spotted instantly since often previous years data is presented on same screen. And corrections can be made just as easy.-Time and Author stamps on most data screens provide answers to who entered the data a when.-In our case replaced need for keeping separate contacts database, numerical waste databases, and physical files of forms and reports.-Anyone with a PC and a internet connection can research past values, (i.e. at conference or event and someone wants to know how much their community recycled last year)-Even computer novices have managed to use it.   Of course cons....but we can keep these to ourselves. -Sometimes slow-Hard to enter large amounts of data stateside-Don't own or control database, so can be non-dynamic at times (a bit rigid)-Once Emerge gets paid, production and service slows down.... 

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  • 1. Plan for Measurement
    Project Update
    EPA Region 4 Metric and Measurement Project
    February 2, 2011
  • 2. Quick Overview and Timeline
    • November 2008– Region 4 Meeting in Nashville, TN - InitialConcept is Discussed by ReTRAC user States
    • 3. April 2009 – First Meeting in Chattanooga, TN
    • 4. June 2009 – Atlanta, Georgia
    • 5. October 2009 – Atlanta, Georgia – Region 4 Meeting
    • 6. March 2010 – Chattanooga, TN – Work Group
    • 7. April 2010 – Gatlinburg, TN – Work Group
    • 8. May 2010– Go-To-Meeting Planning Segment Complete
    • 9. June 2010 – PlanImplementation – Emerge Knowledge Design
    • 10. January 2011 – Tentative System Go-Live for Local Governments
  • 11. Simplicity is Key
    The key to the entire project is aggregation
    Aggregation is the method of pulling material together
    How will we aggregate materials?
    Two choices: Lumping or Splitting
    Each state has its own method of labeling
    Leverage existing collection methods
    Materials are the same, its how we label and lump them together
    Survey the States
  • 12. Survey
  • 13.
  • 14. Aggregation by Type of Commodity
    Other
    Fiber/Paper
    Plastics
    Metals
    Glass
  • 15. Aggregation Benefits
    Aggregation occurs at several levels
    Commodity
    By Sector
    By Government
    Aggregation allows for:
    Better Filtering of Data
    Improved Reporting
    Data Mining
    Benchmarking
    Projections and trending
  • 16. Sector Definitions
    Residential Sector
    1.) Post consumer recycling from inhabited dwellings;
    2.) Materials directly managed by local governments as this is the most reliable;
    3.) Materials generated by the general public at large.
  • 17. Sector Definitions
    Commercial Sector
    1.) Created from doing business in retail sales including supply chain.
    2.) Materials from commercial office space from business complexes, and other office buildings.
  • 18. Sector Definitions
    Industrial Sector
    1.) Any material generated on site at a manufacturing plant
    2.) Standard Industrial Code (SIC code) would be used to determine the appropriate sector, helping to differentiate between Commercial and Industrial sectors.
  • 19. Sector Definitions
    Institutional Sector
    1.) Government agencies at any level (federal, state, or local)
    2.) Government facilities (parks, government buildings, military bases, etc.)
    3.) Hospitals of all types
    4.) Educational institutions of all types and levels
    5.) Correctional facilities of all types
  • 20. Sector Definitions
    Other Sector
    1.) Special Event recycling from festivals or one time or once a year type events.
    • Examples include:
    • 21. Music Festival
    • 22. Strawberry Festival
    • 23. Memphis in May Barbeque
    • 24. Dancing in the District
  • Benefits of Project
    Aggregation allows for “apples to apples” comparisons
    Methodology maintains the integrity and ownership of programs within the hierarchy of participants
    Benchmarking and ability to see across borders
    Naturally moves participants to more consistency in region
    Reporting and data mining
    Maintains the propriety of information
    Provides information to private sector partners
  • 25. State Benefits
    Improves data request response times for:
    Legislature
    Policy makers
    General Public
    Research
    Statewide dashboard for report submission tracking
    Canned and ad hoc reporting
    Improves review efficiency
    Ease and simplicity of report submission
    Can help with proprietary information collection
    Expandable
    Legacy data is easily compared with current submissions
    Real time user help
  • 26. State Benefits
    Temporary logins with read only ability
    User friendly
    Improves uniformity of data, reduces error rate
    Web widgets
    Power of Web 2.0 applications
    Subscription based not an application that needs support
    Projections and trending
    Very cost effective-Saved Tennessee about $75,000 per year in database creation and management
    Only need Internet capable PC with Browser
    Author and time stamp data
  • 27. Local Government Benefits
    Improved reporting
    Useful tools and reports
    Can be linked to MyEcoville to distribute information via the web
    Assists in regional cooperation
    Data can be used to help promote local government resources
  • 28. Re-tracstates in the southeast
  • 29. Making Progress, The Steering Committee
    January 2010 – Template design shared
    April 2010 – Presented to Workgroup Template
    May 2010 – First Conference Call
    June 2010 – Second Conference Call – Survey Review
    July 2010 – Third Conference Call – Survey Review
    September 2010 – Fourth Conference Call – Template and system review
    November 2010 – Steering Committee Test and Review
    December 2010 –Municipal Users Beta Test and Review
    January 2011 –Fifth Conference Call – Connect Update Presentation
  • 30. Project Inquiries by Region
  • 31. Key Partners:
  • 32. Larry Christley, Manager
    Planning and Financial Assistance Sections
    Division of Solid Waste Management
    Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
    401 Church Street, 5th Floor
    Nashville, TN 37243-1535
    Direct Line: 615-532-0744
    Fax: 615-532-0886
    Email: larry.christley@tn.gov
    Website: www.tdec.net/swm/prwr