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Waste Prevention, Recycling, and Composting Options: Lessons from 30 Communities

Analyzes the actual operating experience of 30 diverse communities, some with high materials recovery rates and others with model waste reduction initiatives. Offers lessons for communities wanting to strengthen their own programs.

Working Together for a Healthy Environment: A Guide for Multi-Cultural Community Groups (PDF) (32pp, 8.9MB, about PDF)

Designed to help community leaders and activists plan and execute community events that promote the 3Rs of solid waste management: reduce, reuse, and recycle.

It's Easy Being Green: A Guide to Planning and Conducting Environmentally Aware Meetings and Events

Provides an outline for planning environmentally aware events such as meetings, workshops, festivals, picnics, and sporting events. Includes profiles of successful events that have been held, and step by step procedures for coordinating events using a planning checklist.

Pay-As-You-Throw: Throw Away Less and Save

Discusses the benefits and potential barriers of pay-as-you-throw programs in which households are charged based on the amount of waste thrown away.

Donating and Composting Food:

Don't Throw Away That Food: Strategies for Record-Setting Waste Reduction

Provides case studies from several communities for recovery of food discards.

Waste Not, Want Not: Feeding the Hungry and Reducing Solid Waste Through Food Recovery (PDF) (59pp, 1.5MB, about PDF)

Explains how any state, municipality, or private business that deals with food, can reduce its solid waste by facilitating the donation of wholesome surplus food according to the food hierarchy. Also lists ways you can join the growing food recovery movement, and provides a framework to help you protect the environment while making a difference in the daily lives and futures of hungry families across our nation.

Household Hazardous Waste:

How to Set Up a Local Program to Recycle Used Oil (PDF) (38pp, 748.7k, about PDF)

Explains the organization, design, implementation, and promotion of a used oil program. Appendices include sample brochures and letters.

Household Hazardous Waste Management: A Manual for One-Day Community Collection Programs

Helps communities plan for one-day, household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off/collection programs. Provides community leaders with guidance on all aspects of planning, organizing, and publicizing a HHW collection program.

Hazardous Waste:

Managing Hazardous Waste in Your Community

Provides education and outreach about EPA's hazardous waste management program under RCRA. Includes a basic overview of EPA's hazardous waste regulations and information about state hazardous waste contacts.

RCRA: Reducing Risk From Waste

This document provides an overview of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) solid and hazardous waste regulations. 

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