Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Consult haulers, owners, and operators of waste management facilities, including reuse and recycling facilities, and other entities
    • For unique waste streams, specialized expertise may be needed for transport and other waste management activities. Make sure all entities understand their roles in the event of an extreme weather event.
    • Determine what opportunities exist outside of the immediate area as local facilities could be damaged during an extreme weather event.
  • Identify options for reuse, recycling, and composting for different materials and wastes
    • Consult with facilities and appropriate regulatory authorities about establishing acceptance criteria for these materials and wastes.
    • Consider available reuse and recycling opportunities in other regions, states, and countries, including materials (or waste) exchanges as local facilities might not be operational or accessible.

  • Alarm networks
    • Integrating a series of sensors linked to electronic control devices that trigger a shutdown of the system, or linked to audible/visual alarms that alert workers of the need to manually shut down the system, when specified operating or ambient parameters are exceeded will help prevent damage to the system.
  • Hazard alerts
    • Using electronic systems that actively inform subscribers of extreme weather events or provide internet postings on local/regional weather and related conditions will inform managers when risk is high and they need to implement protective measures.
  • Remote access
    • Integrating electronic devices that enable workers to suspend pumping or selected activities during extreme weather events, periods of impeded access or unexpected hydrologic conditions can prevent contaminants from being released from the system.
  • Weather alerts
    • Electronic systems actively inform subscribers of extreme weather events or provide internet postings on local/regional weather and related conditions to help prepare the system in the event of extreme weather.

  • Power from off-grid sources
    • Constructing a permanent system or using portable equipment provides power generated from on-site renewable resources, as a primary or redundant power supply, that can operate independent of the utility grid when needed so the system can keep running even if power is lost.
  • Renewable energy system safeguards
    • Building extended concrete footing for ground-mounted photovoltaic systems, adding additional bracing for roof-top photovoltaic or solar thermal systems, and adding additional masts for small wind turbines or windmills will help protect the systems from damage. For utility-scale systems, safeguards to address climate change vulnerabilities may be addressed in the site-specific renewable energy feasibility study. 

Source Documents

These strategies are adapted from The Climate Change Adaptation Technical Fact Sheet Series. For more information please view these strategies in the context provided by the primary source document.