Frequent Questions

What mechanisms will EPA rely on to implement the Waste Minimization National Plan?

EPA will work in partnership with States, industry and public interest groups to develop voluntary approaches for working with industry and other stakeholders to achieve national PBT reduction goals-10% reduction in PBT generation by the year 2000 and a 50% reduction by the year 2005. For example, Region 9 is working directly with local governments and industries in specific locations to look at incentives and barriers to achieving source reduction and recycling. Regions 1 and 2 and the Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA) are developing a region wide strategy to reduce or eliminate mercury in industrial and municipal wastes. 

EPA will sponsor workshops in regions and states over the next year to further enhance public attention on PBT reductions. 

EPA will track progress using annual TRI reports and will publish periodic progress reports that indicate progress made by key industry sectors in reducing PBT generation. 

EPA will also encourage States to work with RCRA permitted facilities who generate hazardous wastes containing PBT chemicals to reduce PBT waste generation.

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