Frequent Questions

Are there any guidance documents on hazardous waste management and on the hierarchy for solid waste disposal?


Hazardous Waste Management: 
Managing Hazardous Waste in Your Community includes a series of fact sheets that provide a basic overview of EPA's hazardous waste regulations, as well as sources for additional information. 

Managing Your Hazardous Waste: Advice for Small Businessesen Español  (PDF, 33 pp, 12MB) helps small businesses determine whether they generate hazardous waste and provides comprehensive information on how to comply with the federal hazardous waste regulations.

Solid Waste Management Hierarchy:
Memo, Cotsworth to Schulz, March 21, 2001 (RCRA Online #14541)
Memo, Cotsworth to Citizen, May 10, 1999 (RCRA Online #14353)
Memo, Dellinger to Warner, March 4, 1997 (RCRA Online #14204)

Solid Waste Dilemma:  An Agenda for Action [EPA530-SW-90-058a] describes the municipal solid waste situation and presents a strategy to improve management of wastes and offers concrete solutions.

Solid Waste Dilemma:  An Agenda for Action Background Document [EPA530-SW-88-054A, NTIS PB88-251 137] describes municipal solid waste and presents a strategy to improve management of wastes.  Gives analysis behind recommended actions in a summary fashion.  Compiles options of potential research, development and demonstration activities.

These documents are available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).  NTIS can be reached at 800-553-6847, or at the following URL:


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