Frequent Questions

What types of problems might a generator or transporter encounter during the collection, transportation and storage of non-hazardous recyclable materials?

EPA encourages recycling and reuse practices and supports local efforts to promote recycling however, EPA does not require the general public or private companies to recycle their solid waste. Recycling programs are developed by individual states, and in many cases individual communities and businesses. Problems that are encountered within individual recycling programs will depend on factors specific to that recycling program.

For more information on recycling problems encountered by a state please contact the state solid waste contact. The Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) has compiled a list of waste program Web sites maintained by EPA Regional offices and state environmental agencies to help users locate site-specific information on RCRA facilities within their states.

For general information regarding recycling you can visit the EPA recycling Web site at the following URL:

Additional guidance regarding recycling is available in the following documents: 
Solid Waste Management: A Local Challenge With Global Impacts (EPA530-F-02-026) (PDF, 22 pp, 5.5MB) 
Consumer's Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste (EPA530-K-96-003) 
How to Start or Expand a Recycling Program (EPA530-F-94-007)  (PDF, 4 pp, 57K)

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