A Member of Partners for the
Environment

      The Waste Minimization
      National Plan is part of
      Partners for the
Environment, a consortium
of EPA's voluntary programs.
Together, these programs work
with small and large businesses,
citizens' groups, and other organizations to
incorporate pollution prevention as a central
consideration in doing business. The programs
set reachable environmental goals, such as con-
serving water and energy and reducing toxic
emissions and solid wastes. These voluntary
efforts are achieving measurable environmental
results often more quickly and with lower costs
than traditional regulatory approaches.
For More Information

      Copies of the Waste Minimization
      National Plan and other supporting
      documents are available on the
Internet.  You can access EPA's Public Access
Server through gopher.epa.gov or
http://www.epa.gov. Go to "Offices and
Regions," then "Office of Solid Waste and
Emergency Response," and then  "Office of
Solid  Waste."
  For more information, call the RCRA Hotline
at 800 424-9346 or TDD 800 553-7672 (hearing
impaired). Within the Washington, D.C.,  area
call 703 412-9810 or TDD 703 412-3323. You
can also call EPA's Waste Minimization Branch
at 703 308-8402. For technical assistance  on
waste  minimization, call your state or regional
hazardous waste agency. The RCRA Hotline
can provide a list  of contacts.
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  Benefits  of Waste
  Minimization
   Reduce Costs
   Exhibit Environmental Leadership
   Improve Human Health and the Environment
   Build Better Community Relations
   Reduce Impacts of RCRA Requirements
  hat Is the Waste Minimization
National Plan?
                             WASTE
                             MINIMIZATION
        More and more compa-
        nies are taking steps
        to minimize haz-
ardous waste generation in
their facilities. To encourage
waste minimization nation-
wide, the U.S.  Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) devel-
oped the Waste Minimization
National Plan.  This initiative
promotes a long-term national
effort to minimize the genera-
tion of hazardous chemicals in wastes regulated
under the Resource Conservation and Recovery
Act (RCRA). It emphasizes source reduction
(reducing waste at its source, before it is even
generated) and environmentally sound recy-
cling over waste treatment and disposal.
What Are the Goals of the
National  Plan?
                             NATIONAL PLAN
                                               ardous waste by 25 percent by the year 2000 and 50
                                               percent by 2005.  EPA is developing ways to track
                                               progress toward these national goals.
                                               Why Target PBT Chemicals?

                                                 ~m educing PBT chemicals can prevent risks to
                                               1"^ human health and the environment. Persistent
                                               JL m.chemicals remain in the environment for a
                                               long time.  Bioaccumulative chemicals build up in
                                               plant  and animal tissues, magnifying exposure
                                               through the food chain. Toxic chemicals cause
                                               adverse effects in humans, wildlife, and ecosystems.
Who Can Help Achieve the Goals of the
National Plan?

        Waste generators that are required to com-
        ply with RCRA regulations can be the
        key players in the National Plan.
Government agencies, trade associations, and non-
governmental organizations also can support the
national goal to reduce PBT chemicals.
                                               How Can EPA Help?
                                               E
     PA is helping companies identify PBT
     chemicals and methods to minimize these
     chemicals in their waste by providing:
T
     he goals of the National Plan are to reduce
     the most persistent, bioaccumulative, and
     toxic (PBT) chemicals in the nation's haz-
 A prioritized list of PBT metals to assist indus-
  try in prioritizing reductions in the metal con-
  tent of the hazardous wastes they send to com-
  bustion facilities. (Planned for mid-1996.)
 Screening tools to assist stakeholders in identifying
  their waste minimization priorities for PBT chemi-
  cals in RCRA wastes. (Planned for late 1996.)
 A handbook on new approaches for including
  pollution prevention in the permit process.
  (Planned for late 1996.)
                                                   How Can You Make the
                                                   National Plan a Reality?
                                                   You can become involved with the National
                                                   Plan by:
                                                    Setting your own waste minimization
                                                     goals (which may be higher or lower than
                                                     EPA's national goals).
                                                    Developing a plan for achieving
                                                     your goals.
                                                    Measuring your progress along the way.
The Challenge: How Far
Can You Go Toward
Achieving the National
Goals?


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