With the fate of our environment more precarious than ever, society must engage in as many eco-friendly solutions as possible to preserve our planet. Though we’re still a long way from perfect, many local governments have already established various programs, laws, task forces, and more to encourage public participation in resolving ecological issues.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is the main federal law that governs solid and hazardous waste disposal in the USA. It was passed in 1976, as pollution from improper disposal of hazardous waste and the lack of a federal framework to ensure safe disposal became increasingly problematic.
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.