Pollution Prevention and Recycling Action Plan - Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
RCRA: Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (Federal - 1976)
HSWA: Hazardous & Solid Waste Act Amendments (Federal - 1984) expanded the scope of RCRA.
The goals of RCRA are to:
- Protect human health & the environment.
- Reduce waste & conserve energy & natural resources.
- Reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous waste as expeditiously as possible.
There are 3 programs under RCRA:
Subtitle C (hazardous waste) established a program to handle hazardous wastes from cradle to grave in a manner that protects human health and the environment.
Subtitle D (solid waste) established national criteria for state solid waste management plan development and environmentally-sound solid waste landfills. It provides for technical assistance and financial support to state and local governments and non-profits to implement the principles of integrated solid waste management, including recycling and source reduction.
Subtitle I (underground storage tanks) regulates petroleum products and hazardous substances stored in tanks underground to prevent leakage from the tanks which could pollute the environment, especially ground water.
RCRIS: the Resource Conservation and Recovery Information System is a national program management and inventory system of RCRA hazardous waste handlers.