Resources from Waste: Strategies for Local Governments

Local governments can maximize the environmental, social and economic benefits of recovering waste resources generated by infrastructure through planning and management. Integrated resource recovery is one approach and set of tools that local governments can use to facilitate this planning and management.

Integrated resource recovery can potentially:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduce pollution and apply waste from municipal, industrial and resource sectors toward beneficial uses
  • Reduce demand for new resources and infrastructure by providing local sources of clean energy, nutrients and water
  • Delay or offset the purchase or expansion of infrastructure
  • Generate new economic opportunities, new sources of revenue and offset future costs

The integrated resource recovery approach and set of tools are detailed in the resources from waste guide:

For more detailed information on integrated resource recovery facilities and initiatives, please consult the Integrated Resource Recovery Inventory (PDF).