Preventing Hazardous Waste Problems

What should be done about hazardous waste sites?Laws now protect lands from contamination. Many sites were damaged before those laws were passed. Cleaning up toxic wastes costs a lot of time and money. Sometimes the company that caused the damage no longer exists. Sometimes they cannot afford cleanup. Then it becomes the government’s job to…

Safely dispose of household hazardous waste

Some household consumer products contain chemicals that can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health once they enter landfills or solid waste incinerators. While industrial sources of hazardous waste are strictly regulated, we rely on residents to identify and properly dispose of household hazardous waste. Do not throw any hazardous waste in…

Sustainable Materials Management: Non-Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Hierarchy

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, recycling and composting as key to…

Learn the Basics of Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste that is improperly managed poses a serious threat to human health and the environment. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), passed in 1976, was established to set up a framework for the proper management of hazardous waste. What is a Hazardous Waste? Simply defined, a hazardous waste is a waste with properties…