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Reducing Solid Waste

Jim Newton, P.E., DEE

Until recently, companies might not have paid much attention to the municipal solid waste they produce. Many businesses have been content simply to establish and manage an efficient system for removing trash. Times have changed, however, and so has waste management. In many areas of the country, companies are seeing a dramatic increase in the complexity and costs of managing their waste. At the same time, public concern over the effects of all this waste has grown significantly. Today, more and more customers are taking environmental considerations into account when purchasing products and services.

This course is designed to assist businesses and solid waste professionals in setting up a program to evaluate their current solid waste practices and seek new and innovative ways to reduce their sold wastes, both in quantity and costs. It provides a series of forms and checklists that are valuable to conducting on site evaluations of current solid waste practices.

The text for this course is the EPA publication, “Business Guide for Reducing Solid Waste”, EPA 530-K-92-004, November 1993.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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