Frequent Questions

What authority does EPA have to require waste minimization?

EPA is NOT mandating reductions in waste generation, but is strongly encouraging all generators to identify and evaluate the role they can plan in achieving significant reductions in both the presence of PBT chemicals in their hazardous waste.
While there are no specific mandates to reduce, EPA is challenging the industry by setting a national numeric goal - 10% reduction by the year 2000 and a 50% reduction by the year 2005 -- which would help focus efforts in source reduction and recycling.

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