Work Item
ASTM WK55321

New Guide for Sampling and Characterization of Municipal Single-Stream Recyclable Material

1. Scope

The promotion of knowledge, stimulation of research, and the development of test methods, specifications, practices, terminology, classifications, and guides relating to the management of wastes. The wastes addressed by this Committee are those which are generated by industrial, commercial, residential and institutional sources. Management of such wastes is defined here to include, but not be limited to, generation, storage, transportation, treatment, recovery, and disposal.
The work of this Committee will be coordinated with other ASTM Committees and organizations having mutual interests.


14.1 composition; recycling; single-stream recycling, metal, glass, plastic, paper


The recent growth of residential single-stream recycling has resulted in a rapidly growing industry based on the community desire to divert volumes of solid waste from landfills. Resultingly, the need for accurate characterization of a heterogeneous recyclable material stream is necessary for the purpose of valuation of mixed material streams, process design, and management, as well as regulatory compliance. Sampling methods specific to those materials collected from municipal residential sources are needed to provide a standard method for use by industry, government, or academic organizations where such data is required.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: D34.03

Committee: D34

Staff Manager: Brian Milewski

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 07-14-2016

Technical Contact: Ashley Evans

Item: 001

Ballot: D34.03 (19-03)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 001

Ballot: D34 (21-03)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution