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ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposed New ISO Field of Activity on Waste Management, Recycling, and Road Operation Service

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has submitted a proposal for a new field of activity on waste management, recycling, and road operation service. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the new proposal by the end of the business day on Friday, April 17, 2015.

The new work item proposal, submitted by DIN (the German Institute for Standardization), outlines the main activity of a proposed ISO Technical Committee (TC) focused on standardization of equipment for waste management, recycling, public cleaning, and road operation. It takes into particular account technical and logistical aspects of the waste management process. The proposal calls for the drafting of International Standards for products and procedures as well as safety requirements for "the collection, transport, storage, and transfer of solid and liquid waste."

Waste management is a worldwide issue. Utilization measures, including waste containers, help facilitate waste collection, so it is imperative to have a compatible system for interface between the containers and refuse collection vehicles (RCV), according to the proposal. Furthermore, several key elements of the containers have to be standardized, including dimensions and material requirements. The proposal also details that outside of Europe, no common standard exists in this field.

The full proposal, which includes a listing of relevant existing documents at the international, regional, and national levels filed by DIN is available here.

All comments received will be compiled and used in the development of a recommended ANSI position and comments on this proposal that will be submitted to the AIC for approval prior to ISO's May 24, 2015, deadline for voting. Please direct all comments to Steven Cornish, ANSI senior director for international policy ([email protected]) by April 17, 2015.

ANSI has published an explanatory information document outlining the process used to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC. Click here to download the document.


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