Kate Juon

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Journal Article

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Could the United States be falling behind in its overall goal to reduce the amount of waste generated because waste management has been and continues to be a state or even city-mandated responsibility? In the United States, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) remains the only federal legislation requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create guidelines for solid waste disposal and regulations. Yet, RCRA only mentions recycling via a call to increase the federal purchase of products made with recycling content. Without any mention of an enforcement mandate, the responsibility of creating policy and implementation of these policies are left to state and local governments like the District of Columbia (DC)