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  • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) This website provides valuable information on the sources and management of odors from raising large scale livestock production, such as hog, cattle, dairy, sheep, and poultry farms, that congregate animals, feed, waste, and production operations on a small land area.
  • E-cycling Electronics can present an environmental hazard if they are disposed of improperly. With an average of four pounds of lead in many older TV picture tubes or computer monitors, along with other potentially hazardous materials, electronics call for special handling at the end of their lives.
  • Guide for Industrial Waste Management It is a best practices Guide for managing nonhazardous industrial wastes, and has a section on community relations. The Guide and its tools may be downloaded from our web site. In addition we have a CD-ROM that could be mailed. The Guide is a cradle to grave type of approach that covers all aspects of waste management. Anyone in need of guidance/information on waste disposal issues would certainly gain benefit from this Guide. Target audiences would be government officials working on environmental waste issues, various environmental and citizen groups, industrial facilities and educational institutions with environmental studies programs or engineering programs with some type of environmental concentration. The Guide encourages pollution prevention and effective communications, and it provides useful information on waste management topics such as siting, designing, operating, monitoring, taking corrective action, and closing industrial waste management units. Along with the actual Guide, the CD-ROM offers: Interactive audiovisual tutorials for each section of the Guide, Fact sheets, from the Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to help readers better understand why specific chemicals may be of concern, An internet-based mapping application to help identify the existence of potentially adverse site conditions, such as the presence of wetlands, flood plains, and seismic instability, as well as demographic information. This innovative application will be of significant utility not only for industrial waste management sites, but also for siting of other types of facilities. The Industrial Waste Management Evaluation Model (IWEM), designed to provide guidance on appropriate landfill, waste pile, surface impoundment and land application system design, The Industrial Waste Air Model (IWAIR), designed to help determine adverse risks from air emissions from industrial waste units, and A comprehensive collection of references and resources targeted to help the user improve upon his/her understanding of pollution prevention opportunities, and technologies and tools available to address industrial waste management issues.
  • Home*A*Syst/Farm*A*Syst Exit EPA Disclaimer Home*A*Syst/Farm*A*Syst are national programs cooperatively supported by the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The programs are partnerships between government agencies and private business that enable you to prevent pollution on farms, ranches, and in homes using confidential environmental assessments. All information you gather is confidential. You decide what changes you need to make and when to make them.
  • Household Hazardous Wastes This website contains information on how to safely handle products around the home that may contain hazardous components. Such products may include certain paints, cleaners, stains and varnishes, car batteries, motor oil, and pesticides. The used of leftover contents of such consumer products are known as "household hazardous waste".
  • Jobs-Through-Recycling This website provides recycling market development information for state and local officials, sources of technical and financial assistance for recycling businesses, and general information for visitors interested in learning more about JTR. The site includes specific information on commodities such as batteries, carpet, coal fly ash, construction materials, electronics, glass, industrial by-products' , foundry sand, metals, organics, oil, packaging, paper, plastic, rubber, textiles, vehicles, and wood.
  • Management of Scrap Tires This site identified scrap tire concerns (e.g. mosquito breeding, fires) and provides information on the management of scrap tires, including secondary markets.
  • Mercury Wastes This website provides a gateway to information about the treatment, disposal, and management of mercury and mercury wastes.
  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Across the country, many communities, businesses, and individuals have found creative ways to reduce and better manage MSW through a coordinated mix of practices that includes source reduction, recycling (including composting), and disposal. The most environmentally sound management of MSW is achieved when these approaches are implemented according to EPA's preferred order: source reduction first, recycling and composting second, and disposal in landfills or waste combustors last. This website contains a wealth of information on MSW, including some basic facts about MSW, source reducing, recycling, composting, landfills, combustion, types of programs, etc.
  • Office of Solid Waste's What Can You Do ...Around Your Home and Around Your Community This website provides information for consumers on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials to decrease the amount and toxicity of the waste produced in and around the home and about waste management programs and opportunities to help consumers get involved and make a difference in the community. Also includes consumer tips in both English and Spanish.
  • Pay-as-You-Throw (PAYT) This website provides links to information on the Pay-as-You Throw Program. Communities with [recycling] programs in place have reported significant increases in recycling and reductions in waste, due primarily to the waste reduction incentive created by PAYT. Less waste and more recycling mean that fewer natural resources need to be extracted. In addition, greenhouse gas emissions associated with the manufacture, distribution, use, and subsequent disposal of products are reduced as a result of the increased recycling and waste reduction PAYT encourages. In this way, PAYT helps slow the buildup of greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere which leads to global climate change.
  • RCRAInfo The RCRAInfo system allows tracking of many types of information about regulating hazardous waste handlers under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). RCRAInfo characterizes facility status, regulated activities, and compliance histories and captures detailed data on the generation of hazardous waste from large quantity generators and on waste management practices from treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. RCRAInfo data is made available to the public through EPA's Envirofacts Data Warehouse.
  • Radioactive Wastes This site contains information related to radioactive wastes and how to managing them.
  • Recycling Measurement This website provides information and links to help state and local government officials learn more about the standard methodology for measuring recycling rates.
  • Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund (RAGS) Part A RAGS Part A provides guidance on the human health evaluation activities that are conducted during a site specific baseline risk assessment of a contaminated site. The baseline risk assessment is an analysis of the potential adverse health effects (current or future) caused by hazardous substance releases from a site in the absence of any actions to control or mitigate these releases. The results of the baseline risk assessment are used to help determine whether additional response action is necessary at the site, modify preliminary remediation goals, help support selection of the "no- action" remedial alternative, where appropriate, and document the magnitude of risk at a site, and the primary causes of that risk.
  • Toxics Release Inventory The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain covered industry groups as well as federal facilities. The information is technical, but useful for all audiences.
  • Toxics Releases Query Form The Toxic Releases Query Form allows you to retrieve data from EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) database. Your query returns facility information and chemical reports, which tabulate air emissions, surface water discharges, releases to land, underground injections, and transfers to off-site locations. You can narrow your search by selecting from options including facility name, geographic location, standard industrial classification, and chemical names.
  • You Dump It, You Drink It Campaign This website highlights the "You Dump It, You Drink It" campaign materials that are aimed at the automotive repair and service industry and consumers. The campaign focuses on the proper management of used motor oil. It provides a variety of free, printed information materials that are available in both Spanish and English.

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