The Warm Tool

The WARM Tool

WARM Tool header-tallThe WARM tool and programs to help you promote resource conservation, brought to you by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The WARM tool displays energy-saving benefits of recycling. This is the widget version of the iWARM, which helps consumers understand the energy saved by recycling small quantities of common household products, rather than landfilling them. The energy savings are translated into the equivalent amount of electricity, estimating how long that amount of electricity will operate a variety of household appliances.


The iWARM tool is based on the Waste Reduction Model(WARM), for solid waste planners and organizations. WARM can be used to calculate how much energy organizations can save and how much greenhouse gases they can avoid by recycling versus landfilling their waste.

Recycling everyday objects, such as paper, bottles, and magazines saves energy. The materials that you recycle are used to create the products you buy. This means less virgin material needs to be mined or harvested, processed, manufactured and transported—all of which consume energy.

Saving energy also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about how the things we throw away can affect climate change.

We created the Individual Waste Reduction Model (iWARM) to help you find out how much energy you can save when you recycle. The amount of energy saved is shown as the amount of time you can power an appliance. We used data from the iWARM model to create the Save Energy by Recycling web widget, which you can add to your website.

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