Waste Pollution

The reports and guides in this section discuss various aspects of waste management and the impact that waste management can have on the environment. This information touches on methods for preventing pollution and understanding what qualifies as hazardous waste according to the EPA among other waste-related topics.

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Trashing the Idea of Waste Trashing the Idea of Waste

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Date added: 12/21/2010
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This article is an interview with the founder of Terracycle, Tom Szaky. Terracycle is a company that has been changing people’s ideas about what trash is and how waste should be handled. This interview focuses on Terracycle’s efforts to revamp how people deal with the end of life of products and materials and the company’s growth, particularly in terms of partnerships with large companies who wish to handle their own waste in more environmentally responsible ways.

Life Cycle Analysis of Glass Life Cycle Analysis of Glass

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Date added: 12/21/2010
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This very brief article discusses the levels of recycled content contained in glass bottles today. As this level goes up, carbon emissions and energy usage to create them go down. This article states that the amount of recycled content in glass bottles should continue to go up in the coming years, largely due to the fact that using recycled glass means using less energy and emitting less carbon when creating bottles.

EPA Solid Waste and GHG EPA Solid Waste and GHG

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Date added: 10/28/2010
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In this report, the management of municipal solid waste (MSW) is examined in terms of its relationship to climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions in the US have increased in the past few decades and can be reduced in part through smarter waste management options.

EPA Pollution Prevention Manual EPA Pollution Prevention Manual

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Date added: 10/28/2010
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This report focuses on the prevention of pollution in an effort to combat deterioration of the environment and loss of natural resources as caused by human activities. The creators of this report call for a paradigm shift from pollution control to pollution prevention to protect the earth’s land, water, and air from contamination and degradation in quality. They argue that implementing pollution prevention measures can also reduce costs and even generate profits while at the same time contributing to a sustainable future.

EPA Hazardous Waste Listings EPA Hazardous Waste Listings

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Date added: 10/28/2010
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This reference document, designed to be user-friendly, is aimed at providing users with a list of hazardous waste as designated by the EPA with an explanation of these designations. The table of contents lists both types of waste and sources of waste which have been labeled hazardous by the EPA and while it is in keeping with federal regulations, should not be substitute for compliance with any federal or state regulations that may apply.

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