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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 […]

Hazardous waste carries environmental risks and also health risks for humans and wildlife. Some pollutants such as mercury can accumulate in human and animal tissue, thus compounding their effects. Hazardous waste is primarily generated by industry and businesses. Although regulations exist, contamination still occurs. In 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recorded 23 million […]

EPA developed the non-hazardous materials and waste management hierarchy in recognition that no single waste management approach is suitable for managing all materials and waste streams in all circumstances. The hierarchy ranks the various management strategies from most to least environmentally preferred. The hierarchy places emphasis on reducing, reusing, and recycling as key to sustainable […]

Nuclear power is the only large-scale energy-producing technology that takes full responsibility for all its waste and fully costs this into the product. The amount of waste generated by nuclear power is very small relative to other thermal electricity generation technologies. Used nuclear fuel may be treated as a resource or simply as waste. Nuclear […]

On the family farms of yesteryear, farmers relied on natural processes to fertilize and protect their farms. In the mid-20th century, the Green Revolution brought new technology to farming that allowed farmers to produce more food on less land, relying on chemicals to protect crops and livestock from diseases and pests and causing farms to […]

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