• Laws, Regulations, and Policies
    • Executive Order 13693

Execute Order (EO) 13693 Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade President Obama signed EO 13693, "in order to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions."  The EO, issued March 19, 2015, sets out to cut the Federal Government's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent over the next decade from 2008 levels, saving taxpayers up to $18 billion in avoided energy costs.  Click here to learn more about EO 13693.

    • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) gives EPA the authority to control hazardous waste from the "cradle-to-grave." This includes the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA also set forth a framework for the management of non-hazardous solid wastes. The 1986 amendments to RCRA enabled EPA to address environmental problems that could result from underground tanks storing petroleum and other hazardous substances.

The Federal Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) are the 1984 amendments to RCRA that focused on waste minimization and phasing out land disposal of hazardous waste as well as corrective action for releases. Some of the other mandates of this law include increased enforcement authority for EPA, more stringent hazardous waste management standards, and a comprehensive underground storage tank program. For more information, click here.

For access to the RCRA Online Database, click here. The RCRA Online Database is designed to enable user to locate documents, including publications and other outreach materials, covering a wide range of RCRA issues and topics.

  • Departmental Goals – Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

Engaging in waste prevention and recycling activities are a key part of the Department's Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP). In accordance with Executive Order 13693 the Department will:

  • Report in accordance with the Emergency Preparedness and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986,
  • Divert at least 50 percent of non-hazardous, excluding construction and demolition materials and debris,
  • Divert at least 50 percent of non-hazardous, construction and demolition materials and debris, and
  • Reduce or minimize the quantity of toxic and hazardous chemicals and materials used, acquired or disposed of.

To read more about the SSPP, click here.

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The resources below cover a number of various categories associated with solid waste management practices. These resources are intended to target a variety of solid waste management topics in order to increase diversion rates across the Department.

This source includes basic information, training, success stories, and waste management related initiatives.

  • Federal Green Challenge

Federal Green Challenge logoThe Federal Green Challenge is a voluntary partnership program challenging federal agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 5% in a year by managing their electronics, energy, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water.

This website includes resources on Regulations, Guidance, & Policy, Supporting Information, Lessons Learned, Training, Presentations & Briefings, and Conferences & Events.

  • Having Trouble Figuring Out Where to Recycle Something?
    • Earth 911
      You can find recycling and waste management resources in your community.
  • Leases

If you are in a leased building, the resources below may be helpful to you.

  • WasteWise

Waste Wise logoWasteWise is a free EPA partnership program through which governments businesses and non-profit organizations can find methods to reduce municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes. WasteWise uses a number of techniques to encourage the reduction, reuse, and recycling of waste. Organizations can join WasteWise as a partner, endorser, or both depending on the goal of the organization. Benefits of joining WasteWise include:

    • Free technical assistance.
    • Access to web-based data management tracking tool (WasteWise Re-TRAC).
    • Opportunity to receive WasteWise Awards that recognize outstanding achievements.
    • Public recognition in WasteWise publications, case studies, and meetings.
    • Reduced purchasing and waste disposal costs.

Click here for more information on WasteWise.

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