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WasteWise Resource Management: Innovative Solid Waste Contracting Methods

Resource management (RM) is an innovative contractual partnership between a waste-generating organization and a qualified contractor that changes the nature of current disposal services to support waste minimization and recycling. RM contracting is based on three premises: 1) significant cost-effective opportunities to reduce waste, boost recycling and otherwise optimize existing services; 2) contractors will pursue them when offered proper financial incentives; and 3) financial incentives to contractors are supported by the savings generated through cost-effective improvements to your current waste/recycling system.

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