The Recycling Market Development Advisory Council's role is to work with industry, government and other stakeholders to advise on the development of recycling markets for materials and to help the recycling industry continue to grow in its economic impact. Initiatives to help increase the recovery of plastics bottles, carpet, glass, metals and scrap tires are underway. In addition, the Recycling Market Development Program is beginning the development of the composting industry in the state with the passage of composting regulations.

Increasing the recovery and recycling of materials helps fuel manufacturing and create jobs. With over 500 recycling related businesses in the state, recycling has proven to be a job generator.