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  • Bioreactor Landfills This website provides information on bioreactor landfills. A bioreactor landfill operates to rapidly transform and degrade organic waste. The EPA is currently collecting information on the advantages and disadvantages of bioreactor landfills through case studies of existing landfills and additional data so that EPA can identify specific bioreactor standards or recommend operating parameters.
  • EPA Wastes Partnerships EPA established a variety of targeted partnerships and is expanding many of these partnerships with business and organizations, industries, States and local governments, tribes, and other entities to effectively manage materials and reduce waste to meet the Resource Conservation Challenge.
  • El Ciclo de Vida de un CD o DVD (PDF) (2 pp, 1.1MB, About PDF) View the life cycle of a CD or DVD from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. Learn what life cycle management is and why it is important. Discover some crafts and other ways to reuse CDs and DVDs.
  • El Ciclo de Vida de un Balon de Futbol (PDF) (2 pp, 6.2MB, About PDF) View the life cycle of a soccer ball from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. Learn what life cycle management is and why it is important. Find suggestions of ways to reuse or recycle your old soccer ball and soccer gear when you're finished with them.
  • El Ciclo de Vida de un Telefono Celular (PDF) (2 pp, 540K, About PDF) View the life cycle of a cell phone from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. Learn what life cycle management is and why it is important. Find suggestions of ways to reuse or recycle your phone and accessories when you're finished with them.
  • Green Suppliers Network The Green Suppliers Network is a collaborative partnership program between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the US Department of Commerce's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) which conducts on-site technical reviews for small manufacturers utilizing lean manufacturing and pollution prevention techniques. These reviews can result in more effective processes and products, higher profits, and fewer environmental impacts.
  • GreenScapes program EPA's GreenScapes program provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for landscaping.
  • GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard (PDF) (16 pp, 2.1MB, About PDF) A booklet providing a few simple waste reduction practices that can not only improve your lawn and garden, but also the environment
  • Greenscaping Your Lawn and Garden (PDF) (8 pp, 1.7MB, About PDF) Find out how to reduce the amount of yard waste in the waste stream by grasscycling, mulching, and composting. Learn how and what to compost. You can help change landscaping to greenscaping by using manual tools and fewer harmful pesticides to reduce waste, collecting rainwater for reuse, recycling used oil and tires from landscaping vehicles and equipment, and purchasing gardening products made from recycled materials.
  • 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.
  • Haciendo Aun Mas Verde ("Greenscaping") su Cesped y Jardin (PDF) (8 pp, 313K, About PDF) Find out how to reduce the amount of yard waste in the waste stream by grasscycling, mulching, and composting. Learn how and what to compost. You can help change landscaping to greenscaping by using manual tools and fewer harmful pesticides to reduce waste, collecting rainwater for reuse, recycling used oil and tires from landscaping vehicles and equipment, and purchasing gardening products made from recycled materials.
  • Lets Go Green Shopping Learn how to shop with the environment in mind. Your purchasing choices can conserve resources, save energy, and prevent waste. Buy products that are energy efficient, used or reusable, made with recycled content, recyclable, and have no packaging or reduced packaging. PDF Version (12 pp, 266K, About PDF)
  • Life Cycle of a CD or DVD (PDF) (2 pp, 413K, About PDF) View the life cycle of a CD or DVD from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. Learn what life cycle management is and why it is important. Discover some crafts and other ways to reuse CDs and DVDs.
  • Life Cycle of a Cell Phone (PDF) (2 pp, 648K, About PDF) View the life cycle of a cell phone from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. Learn what life cycle management is and why it is important. Find suggestions of ways to reuse or recycle your phone and accessories when you're finished with them.
  • Life Cycle of a Soccer Ball (PDF) (2 pp, 4.3MB, About PDF) View the life cycle of a soccer ball from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. Learn what life cycle management is and why it is important. Find suggestions of ways to reuse or recycle your old soccer ball and soccer gear when you're finished with them.
  • Materials and Waste Exchanges This site provides links to various exchange sites. Materials and waste exchanges are markets for buying and selling reusable and recyclable commodities. Some are physical warehouses that advertise available commodities through printed catalogs, while others are simply websites that connect buyers and sellers. Some are coordinated by state and local governments. Others are wholly private, for-profit businesses. The exchanges also vary in terms of area of service and the types of commodities exchanged. In general, waste exchanges tend to handle hazardous materials and industrial process waste while materials exchanges handle nonhazardous items.
  • Moving Out, Moving In (PDF) (12 pp, 331K, About PDF) A guide suggesting environmentally safe alternatives to throwing away unwanted junk and showing how to purchase new items with the environment in mind
  • New Wave in Electronics: eCycling (PDF) (2 pp, 388K, About PDF) Learn how to dispose of old or unwanted electronic equipment without throwing it away. You will find lists electronic items that can be recycled and general information about how and where to eCycle them.
  • Petroleum Brownfield The EPA Office of Underground Storage Tanks and the EPA Brownfields Program jointly focus attention and resources on the cleanup and reuse of petroleum-contaminated sites. The Brownfields Program awards Brownfields grants for the assessment and cleanup of petroleum brownfields.
  • Plug-In To eCycling A partnership program between EPA and leading consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and mobile service providers that fosters and promotes opportunities for individuals to donate or recycle their electronics.
  • Priority and Toxic Chemical Reductions EPA is working to eliminate or reduce priority chemicals and other chemicals of national concern from commercial products, waste streams, and industrial releases through pollution prevention, waste minimization, recycling, and reuse.
  • RCRA in Focus Series (RIF) RCRA in Focus is a series of publications providing an overview of the EPA?s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations affecting specific industry sectors. Intended as a guide for small businesses, RIF presents the lifecycle of a typical waste for each industry and focuses on recycling and pollution prevention options. Several issues are available in Spanish, and the Drycleaning issue is also available in Korean.
  • Recycle on the Go EPA initiative to encourage recycling in public places such as parks, stadiums, convention centers, airports and other transportation hubs, shopping centers, and at special events.
  • Recycling Benefits of Recycling and Steps to Recycling a Product.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Industrial Materials Recycling Nearly every industrial process, from manufacturing consumer goods to generating energy, produces different types of usable materials. Similar to municipal solid wastes, such as cardboard, newspapers, and beverage containers, these industrial materials are also valuable commodities that can be recycled.
  • Vayamos de compras Verdes (PDF) (12 pages, 275K, About PDF) Learn how to shop with the environment in mind. Your purchasing choices can conserve resources, save energy, and prevent waste. Buy products that are energy efficient, used or reusable, made with recycled content, recyclable, and have no packaging or reduced packaging.
  • WasteWise WasteWise helps its partners meet goals to reduce and recycle municipal solid waste and selected industrial wastes.
  • Wastes - What You Can Do Learn how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle materials to decrease household waste and conserve resources at home, in the community, at the office, in industry, and at the store.

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