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The following executive orders required federal agencies to reduce waste, but have been superseded by more recent requirements.

Executive Order (EO) 13101, "Greening the Government Through Waste Prevention, Recycling, and Federal Acquisition," signed September 14, 1998, required federal agencies to reduce their environmental footprint by increasing and promoting recycling, reducing materials entering their waste streams, promoting and achieving increased and preferential use of materials with recycled content, and emphasizing and increasing the purchase and use of environmentally preferable products.

EO 13423, "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management," signed January 24, 2007, superseded EO 13101 and introduced a much broader set of sustainability requirements, including the reduction of chemicals and toxic materials, the purchase of lower risk chemicals and toxic materials, the increase of solid waste diversion, and the maintenance of cost-effective waste prevention and recycling programs in federal facilities.

Across this changing landscape, EPA's goals continue to help the Agency exceed federal requirements and meet important components of its mission:

 

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