Participate in the MMP


Join the MMP today to measure program performance, benchmark results, and discover tools & resources to improve your programs.

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Participation is easy & free

The program is free to join and most communities complete the program assessment surveys within 90 minutes.

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Powerful analytics

Measure pounds per household, GHG equivalencies, the economic benefits of recycling, and more.

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Standardized surveys

Optimized to streamline data entry, the program assessment surveys are standardized to facilitate consistent measurement.

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Benchmark results

Compare your program performance to county, state and/or national averages.

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Monitor year-over-year performance

Measure the effect that new programs or initiatives have on annual performance.

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Improve programs

Turn insights into action by generating the program recommendations report. Discover new ways to improve program performance.



Compare your municipality’s program performance to other MMP participants.

Economic Benefits

Economic Benefits of Recycling

Calculate the economic impact of your recycling programs by converting tonnage information into insights about estimated job creation, attributable wages, and tax revenue.

Annual Trend

Monitor your annual performance metrics to analyze trends and identify opportunities to make program adjustments.

Annual Trend

Program Recommendations

Discover opportunities to grow your programs by learning about industry-developed tools and resources.

Pounds Per Household

Analyze the pounds of waste, recycling, and organics generated by each household served by your collection programs.

Environmental Benefits

Environmental Benefits

Based on the EPA’s WARM model, this report converts reductions in metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into everyday terms such as gallons of gas conserved.

Annual Tons Per Program

Measure the total tons of recycling, MSW, and organics captured by your curbside, drop-off, and public space collection programs.

Per Capita

Per Capita

Analyze the pounds of waste, recycling, and organics generated per resident.

Pounds Per Household Compared to the U.S. National Average

Compare your community’s per household recycling performance to the national average.

Curbside Diverison

Annual Diversion Rate

Calculate your community’s overall diversion rate (for all programs) or select a program to view its diversion rate including the total tons of material diverted and disposed.

Performance Summary

See all your program performance metrics summarized in one report.

Performance Summary


The MMP is available to all municipalities, counties, and regional government agencies delivering residential material collection programs in the U.S. and Canada.



The MMP™ is an acronym that stands for Municipal Measurement Program™. It's a free program assessment and planning tool that delivers insights and actionable recommendations to municipal waste management agencies.
The MMP provides participants with program performance reports, benchmarking, and program recommendations. Participating in the MMP is also a great way to centralize waste & recycling data for easy comparison each year.
The application process ensures that all applicants meet the eligibility requirements before participating. It protects the integrity of the MMP and results in greater overall data quality.
The program is available to municipalities, counties and regional government agencies in the U.S. and Canada.
Yes. Native American Tribal Governments are eligible to join.
The MMP is designed specifically for municipalities, counties, or regional government agencies who deliver waste management collection programs, so all the data collected via the program assessment surveys is at the individual participant level. As a state or provincial agency, you can participate by encouraging the municipalities, counties and/or regional government agencies in your jurisdiction to join the MMP. If you’re interested in gaining access to information about collection programs in your jurisdiction, please visit
Only one account can be created per municipality, county, or regional government agency, so the person who applies to participate in the MMP will be the same person who must complete the program assessment surveys. If information needs to be gathered from multiple departments, consider organizing a working team to assemble the information you’ll need to participate in the MMP. The following guides were developed to help members participate in the MMP: Guide to participating in the MMP (Municipality) and Guide to participating in the MMP (County).
If you don't have access to diversion data (e.g. tonnage that has been recycled) there are a few options to obtain it. The first option would be to consult with your hauler(s) and request this information from them on a predetermined frequency (e.g. monthly, quarterly, annually). Alternatively, if your municipality owns the landfill, material recovery facility, or transfer station in your jurisdiction, you may be able to get access to the data from the end destination. It is important to be careful not to "double-count" weights, so if you are able to get data from both the haulers and the end destinations, you'll want to compare the data sets for accuracy, not combine them. For municipalities that don't have an established data collection system, the MMP's Program Recommendations Report will introduce them to helpful tools & resources developed by The Recycling Partnership.
It supports a national effort to consistently measure the performance of waste and recycling programs. Your data will be used to develop new tools and resources to help MMP participants boost waste and recycling program performance. It will also contribute to the development of benchmarks for municipal performance metrics. Finally, MMP data will be made available to organizations that purchase access to MMP reports. For more information, please visit
The Recycling Partnership and its agents will be responsible for verifying MMP data so each of its program managers will have access to the data. Re-TRAC Connect administrators maintain the program and provide technical support so all admins can access your data as necessary. For more information, please visit
One of the benefits of hosting the MMP in Re-TRAC Connect™ is that participants can use their existing accounts to access the MMP. However, to ensure you are the correct point of contact for your agency, we kindly ask that all municipalities, counties, and/or regional government agencies begin by applying to join the MMP. Once your application is approved, the MMP team will ensure the MMP is added to your existing Re-TRAC Connect account.
Only one account can be created per MMP participant so the person who applies to participate in the MMP will be the same person who must complete the program assessment surveys. If information needs to be gathered from multiple departments, consider organizing a working team to assemble the information you’ll need to participate in the MMP.
MMP data will not be shared with other programs. While many states and provinces deliver reporting programs via Re-TRAC Connect™, the surveys for those programs are likely designed to capture data required by state/provincial legislation or local ordinances. The MMP endeavors to create surveys that capture data common to all municipalities, counties and/or regional government agencies, regardless of size or location.
Both the Residential Curbside Program Assessment Surveys and the Residential Drop-Off Program Assessment Surveys collect information about the annual contamination rate of recyclables collected via the curbside recycling and drop-off programs. MMP participants have the option to provide the average annual contamination rate, an estimated range, or decline to provide a contamination rate.
Only data that has been marked complete or verified will be included in reports.
All MMP data will be reviewed by The Recycling Partnership and its agents to ensure it is accurate and complete. Data that has been reviewed and approved by The Recycling Partnership is considered "verified".
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Not at this time.
It is based on national data. You can learn more about the report here: EPA REI Report.
Yes, but data entered for previous years may not be verified by The Recycling Partnership. You will still be able to generate reports to analyze annual trends.
The MMP currently collects tonnage data for an aggregated 12-month period. While we will consider options to collect the data more frequently in the future, our beta testing phase demonstrated that annual data was the most common data set available.