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The waste industry is growing fast, and forecast to grow faster in the future. There are huge opportunities nationwide as waste management regulations get tighter and the quantity of waste produced rises.
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New York’s state legislature is weighing a new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) law, one of a group of similar proposals in state Houses and Senates nationwide that aim to make producers responsible for recycling the packaging and other waste associated with their products.
Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is waste electronic items — electronic devices from DVD players to laptops to iPods that are no longer wanted, whether they still work or not. Everything from TVs to VCRs, LAN cables to routers, smartphones to flash disks, become e-waste when they’re discarded.
Cradle-to-grave waste management is a long-term waste management process designed to reduce the amount of waste generated and ensure that hazardous waste is stored, transported and disposed of appropriately.
The EU is moving its recycling and waste treatment targets beyond waste management. Its goal is to integrate waste streams back into production, as far as possible eliminating the concept of waste altogether and creating a circular economy.
PFAS are a group of chemicals with industrial, commercial and home uses. They’ve been around since the 1930s and started being produced in quantity in the 1950s. Since then they’ve gotten into every corner of our lives, and many processes produce large quantities of PFAS-contaminated waste.
Across the USA, there are thousands of contaminated sites where hazardous materials have been dumped in inadequate locations. The EPA is responsible for cleaning those sites up and making them usable again. When the EPA identifies a site that needs to be cleaned up, it’s referred to as a Superfund site.
Waste can be broken down into types, based on how the law sees it and how it needs to be processed. Longstanding U.S. laws like 40 CFR part 261.31 define certain types of waste as hazardous. Other regulations define where certain types of waste have to be sent for disposal. Making your way through this maze can be complex, but it doesn’t have to be.