Wastes - Non-Hazardous Waste
Non-Hazardous Waste Quick Finder
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- Webinar on EPA’s Proposed Combustion Rules and Solid Waste - June 9, 2010
EPA defines solid waste as any garbage or refuse, sludge from a wastewater treatment plant, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility and other discarded material, including solid, liquid, semi-solid, or contained gaseous material resulting from industrial, commercial, mining, and agricultural operations, and from community activities. Nearly everything we do leaves behind some kind of waste. In fact, in 2006, U.S. residents, businesses, and institutions produced more than 251 million tons of municipal solid waste, which is approximately 4.6 pounds of waste per person per day. In addition, American industrial facilities generate and dispose of approximately 7.6 billion tons of industrial solid waste each year.
Choose from the solid waste types below to learn more.
- Municipal solid waste is commonly known as trash or garbage.
- Industrial waste is made up of a wide variety of non-hazardous materials that result from the production of goods and products.