Land, Waste and Emergency Management Innovations
Innovative Programs in Land & Cleanup
EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) promotes innovative programs that address environmental challenges in land and cleanup. Throughout EPA, various innovative programs are underway supporting OSWER goals. Below are links to innovative approaches and partnership programs at EPA. If you would like to learn more about EPA innovations not associated with land and cleanup, please visit EPA's central innovative office.
Innovative Approaches at EPA
The Technology Innovation Program's Web Site provides information about characterization and treatment technologies for the hazardous waste remediation community. It offers technology selection tools and provides an information support net for all technology decision makers who address contamination of soil or groundwater.
Nanotechnology for Waste and Cleanup
Nanotechnology presents new opportunities to improve our ability to detect, monitor, and clean up environmental contaminants and to help us avoid creating pollution in the first place.
Pollution Prevention Program
Pollution Prevention (P2) is reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and re-using materials rather than putting them into the waste stream.
Municipal Government Toolkit
The Municipal Government Toolkit (MGTK) was designed to provide the information and resources necessary for state and local governments to make successful recycling programs a reality. The MGTK is a compilation of fact sheets, case studies, recycling reports, and links to online tools aimed at helping you improve your community recycling program.
Partnership Programs at EPA
Carpet America Recovery Act
Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is a joint industry-government effort to increase the amount of recycling and reuse of post-consumer carpet and reduce the amount of waste carpet going to landfills.
Green Racing Initiative (PDF) (4 pp, 648K)
The goal of green racing is to use motor sport competition to help rapidly develop cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicle propulsion systems that will eventually be used in consumer vehicles. Racing will assure that technological improvements will be durable under the most demanding conditions.
EPA’s GreenScapes program provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for landscaping; designed to help preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution.
Plug-in to eCycling
Plug-in to eCycling offers more opportunities to donate or recycle - to "eCycle" - used electronics, including TVs, computers, and cell phones; and works with communities, electronics manufacturers, and retailers to promote shared responsibility for safe electronics recycling.
Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign
The Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) aims to ensure that all schools are free from hazards associated with mismanaged chemicals. SC3 gives K-12 schools information and tools to responsibly manage chemicals.
WasteWise targets the reduction of municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes including materials that could end up in an organization’s (or its customers’) trash to help reduce purchasing and waste disposal costs.