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Resources for Setting up Programs
Analyzes the actual operating experience of 30 diverse communities, some with high materials recovery rates and others with model waste reduction initiatives. Offers lessons for communities wanting to strengthen their own programs.
Designed to help community leaders and activists plan and execute community events that promote the 3Rs of solid waste management: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Provides an outline for planning environmentally aware events such as meetings, workshops, festivals, picnics, and sporting events. Includes profiles of successful events that have been held, and step by step procedures for coordinating events using a planning checklist.
Discusses the benefits and potential barriers of pay-as-you-throw programs in which households are charged based on the amount of waste thrown away.
Donating and Composting Food:
Provides case studies from several communities for recovery of food discards.
Explains how any state, municipality, or private business that deals with food, can reduce its solid waste by facilitating the donation of wholesome surplus food according to the food hierarchy. Also lists ways you can join the growing food recovery movement, and provides a framework to help you protect the environment while making a difference in the daily lives and futures of hungry families across our nation.
Household Hazardous Waste:
How to Set Up a Local Program to Recycle Used Oil (PDF) (38pp, 748.7k, about PDF)
Explains the organization, design, implementation, and promotion of a used oil program. Appendices include sample brochures and letters.
Helps communities plan for one-day, household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off/collection programs. Provides community leaders with guidance on all aspects of planning, organizing, and publicizing a HHW collection program.
Provides education and outreach about EPA's hazardous waste management program under RCRA. Includes a basic overview of EPA's hazardous waste regulations and information about state hazardous waste contacts.
This document provides an overview of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) solid and hazardous waste regulations.