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What is Sustainable Materials Management?

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is an approach to serving human needs by using/reusing resources most productively and sustainably throughout their life cycles, from the point of resource extraction through material disposal. This approach seeks to minimize the amount of materials involved and all the associated environmental impacts, as well as account for economic efficiency and social considerations.

For more information, see www.epa.gov/smm.

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