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What is the Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1965?

In the early 1960s, cities and towns across the country practiced open air burning of trash. In response, Congress passed the Solid Waste Disposal Act in 1965 as part of the amendments to the Clean Air Act. This was the first federal law that required environmentally sound methods for disposal of household, municipal, commercial, and industrial waste. Subsequent amendments to the Solid Waste Disposal Act, such as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), have substantially increased the federal government's involvement in solid waste management. Additional information on the regulation of solid waste is available in the RCRA Orientation Manual at the following URL:

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