The EPA: Environmental Protection Agency - The mission of the EPA "is to protect Human Health and the Environment."
EPA works to ensure that:
Recycling Refers to the series of activities by which discarded materials are collected, sorted, processed, and converted into raw materials and used in the production of
A simple keyword search on this Agency's internal search engine for "recycling" returns 11,000 hits. Some topics included are: solid and hazardous wastes, aerosol cans, electronics, florescent products, etc.
When preparing to do a search on this site, click on the tab "Environmental Topics" on the main page to assist you in narrowing your topic.
Sustainability A popular definition is "Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Sustainable
The EPA estimated that in 2015 in the United States, more food reached landfills and combustion facilities than any other single material in our everyday trash, at 22 percent of the amount landfilled and at 22 percent of the amount combusted with energy recovery. Reducing food waste will help the United States address climate change, as 20 percent of total U.S. methane emissions come from landfills. By keeping wholesome and nutritious food in our communities and out of our landfills, we can help address the 42 million Americans that live in food insecure households.
Learn how reducing, reusing, and recycling can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources. Recycling programs are managed at the state and local level—find information on recycling in your community.
Topics in this section include:
How do I recycle...
Locate the Search box at the top of the home EPA webpage. Do a search for the term "sustainability. Almost 48,000 hits will be returned. You will probably want to think about ways in which you can limit your results by adding keywords that are of particular interest to you. Some of the topics returned will include:
On this page, you will find basic information on:
Check out "Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling," Also take a look at the informative Infographic on this topic that is presented on this page. (It is too large to reproduce in this guide.)
Each year EPA releases the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures Fact Sheet, formerly called Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: Facts and Figures. It includes information on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generation, recycling, composting, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling.
EPA is ... thinking beyond waste, and we have transitioned from focusing on waste management to focusing on Sustainable Materials Management (SMM), which refers to the use and reuse of materials across their entire life cycle. SMM conserves resources, reduces waste and minimizes the environmental impacts of materials we use. In an era of limited resources, the sustainable management of natural capital is increasingly at the forefront of international dialogue about how to achieve economic growth without compromising human health and the environment.