States and communities across the nation are actively pursuing an integrated solid waste management approach because no single waste management option alone can handle all of our nation's waste. The goal of the integrated waste management approach is to handle each element of a community's waste stream in the most effective, cost-efficient, safe, and environmentally beneficial manner as is realistically practical.
Integrated waste management involves the proper mix of all of several waste management approaches, depending upon the prevailing local economic and environmental conditions: source reduction, composting, incineration, recycling, and landfills. Most communities use a combination of several or all of these options to manage their waste streams. Each of these options has both benefits and costs that will make it more appropriate in some situations and less in others.
For more information, see http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/wycd/catbook/.
What is Integrated Waste Management?
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