The EPA developed the Waste Minimization National Plan to encourage waste minimization nationwide. This initiative promotes a long-term national effort to minimize the generation of hazardous chemicals in wastes regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). It emphasizes "source reduction" (reducing waste at its source, before it is even generated) and "environmentally sound recycling" over waste treatment and disposal. The goals of the National Plan are to reduce the most persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals in the nation's hazardous waste by 25 percent by the year 2000 and 50 percent by 2005. EPA is developing ways to track individual progress toward these national goals.
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EPA Region 7 Information and Contacts
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