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Waste/Materials Management - Municipal Solid Waste
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Food Waste

  • Food Waste: information about economically, socially and environmentally beneficial food waste management

In-Store Take Back Programs / Model Programs

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Used Electronics

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Waste and Materials Management


  • EPA created the Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool to help companies and individuals estimate life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy impacts from purchasing and/or manufacturing materials with varying degrees of post-consumer recycled content.
  • EPA created the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) to help solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas emissions reductions from several different waste management practices, including recycling, composting, and source reduction
  • Product Stewardship is a product-centered approach to environmental protection, calling on everyone in the product lifecycle—manufacturers, retailers, users, and disposers—to share responsibility for reducing the environmental impacts of products. EPA provides information, resources and contacts on product stewardship.


  • Common Wastes & Materials : Information on a variety of non-hazardous materials (e.g., food waste, paper, used oil) recovered for recycling in the United States.
  • Resource Conservation: Reuse, Reuse, Recycle: Learn ways to reduce waste generated at shopping centers.
  • WasteWise is a free, voluntary, EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. WasteWise provides free technical assistance to help partners develop, implement, and measure waste reduction activities, and offers publicity to organizations that are successful in reducing waste.
  • GreenScapes provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for landscaping helping preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution, minimizing the associated impacts on land, water, air, and energy use.

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