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Wet waste, solid waste, and gaseous waste streams are potential high-impact resources for the domestic production of biofuels, bioproduct precursors, heat, and electricity. Wastes represent a significant and underutilized set of feedstocks for renewable fuel and product generation. These streams are available now without land-use change and in many cases their utilization helps to address […]

Domestic waste disposal is an issue that is important to the management of any urban area. Cities without a functioning waste-disposal plan face risks of disease running rampant and economic activity grinding to a halt. The majority of North American cities use the sanitary-landfill method of waste disposal, which has served fairly well for quite […]

Take a look inside your garbage can. How much garbage does your family throw away each day? Each week? Where does all of that trash go? It’s tempting to think that the trash we throw away actually goes away, but we know better. Here’s a look at what actually happens to all of that trash after it leaves your […]

You produce plenty of waste each week, but have you thought about where it goes? Modern waste disposal methods give you several different options for getting rid of your waste. Taking a look at the different options helps you find a solution that’s not only good for you but also for the environment. Incineration Incineration […]

Household wastes that are toxic, corrosive, ignitable, or reactive are known as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). Examples may include: motor oil automobile batteries paints and solvents household cleaners drain openers pesticides compressed gas tanks (such as propane and oxygen) These types of wastes are sometimes found in residential properties awaiting demolition. How to dispose of […]

General Resources for PCB Issues The PCB Question and Answer (Q&A) Manual covers the breadth of EPA’s PCB regulations, including the use, cleanup, and disposal of PCBs. The Manual is revised and updated periodically.  Future updates will be posted here, and each update will be noted in the revision date of the Manual. The Manual also provides PCB […]

The concept of burning trash and extracting energy to make electricity has been a tough sell in the U.S. Here is a look at what is going on in various regions across the country. Waste-to-energy (WTE) is flourishing in Europe, but the concept of burning trash and extracting energy to make electricity has been a […]

Energy from municipal solid waste Municipal solid waste (MSW), often called garbage, is used to produce energy at waste-to-energy plants and at landfills in the United States. MSW contains Biomass, or biogenic (plant or animal products), materials such as paper, cardboard, food waste, grass clippings, leaves, wood, and leather products Non Biomass combustible materials such […]

Many PCB decontamination processes do not require approval from the EPA; however, some processes do require approval. See Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 761, subpart D to determine whether a disposal activity requires approval, and contact a local EPA Regional PCB Coordinator with any questions. Facilities that commercially store PCBs […]

Thank you for another successful household hazardous waste recycling event season in 2019. Our partnering communities were wonderful hosts, Thank you! We wanted to extend our gratitude to the residents, hosting communities and all of the hardworking ERG teams and volunteers it takes to make each and every successful event possible.

Garbage decomposes at wildly different rates. For instance, a banana peel takes about a month, while rubber takes about 70 years and a plastic holder can take 500 years. Landfills are dirty, smelly eyesores that are quickly becoming overcrowded and releasing methane gas into the atmosphere, while incineration releases carbon dioxide and other pollutants into […]

From being an eyesore to releasing toxins, improper waste disposal on any scale can create environmental problems, health problems and even economic concerns. This is also true for older landfill sites, which are often unlined. The lining of landfills prevents toxic substances from being released into the ground water. Littering causes an eyesore, which devalues […]

When you are looking for solutions for waste disposal, there are a lot of different things that you can do. It really depends on what kind of waste you are trying to dispose, and there are going to be different ways to do so based on what it is you are getting rid of. For […]

Knowing how to dispose of hazardous waste is imperative for citizens and business owners alike. Hazardous waste can be harmful to humans, animals and the environment. They can be found in the form of solids, liquids, gases or sludge. Many laws have made disposing hazardous waste an easy process. There is no excuse to pollute. […]

You produce plenty of waste each week, but have you thought about where it goes? Modern waste disposal methods give you several different options for getting rid of your waste. Taking a look at the different options helps you find a solution that’s not only good for you but also for the environment. Incineration Incineration […]

Waste management is the control of materials that have become redundant and therefore need to be discarded. The process includes collection, transportation, sorting, recycling, clearance, and disposal of waste materials. Waste management includes radioactive substances and other materials that are in a solid, liquid, or gaseous state, and their management techniques also differ from each […]

What Is Solid Waste? Before introducing solid waste management, let’s start with a discussion of the material being managed — solid waste. Solid waste refers to the range of garbage arising from animal and human activities that are discarded as unwanted and useless. Solid waste is generated from industrial, residential and commercial activities in a […]

Government Management Strategies A complex web of federal agencies and legislation oversee and regulate storage, transportation, disposal, recycling, and use of hazardous wastes n the United States. State and local governments also have hazardous waste regulations. The private environmental consulting industry helps government agencies, industrial manufacturers, cities, and businesses of all sizes assess their hazardous waste […]

Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) represents a contemporary and systematic approach to solid waste management. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines ISWM as a complete waste reduction, collection, composting, recycling, and disposal system. An efficient ISWM system considers how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and manage waste to protect human health and the natural environment. It […]

When people think about solid waste management, they likely associate it with garbage being dumped in landfills or incinerated. While such activities comprise an important part of the process, a variety of elements is involved in the creation of an optimal integrated solid waste management (ISWM) system. For example, treatment techniques act to reduce the volume and […]

Americans alone are responsible for producing a hopping 220 million tons of waste a year. This number is far more than any other nation in the world. Because of this fact both the government and environmental associations have developed numerous methods of dealing with the problem. Waste management is that solution, a rather complex issue that encompasses […]

A new report by Allied Market Research forecasts the global waste management market to reach $435 billion by 2023, after being valued at $285 billion in 2016. The report, Global Waste Management Market by Waste Type, and Service: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023, shows the municipal solid waste market may reach $222.8 billion by […]

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