This module on waste really looks at the problem from a larger policy perspective. Systematically we look at waste from the following set of inputs, outflows, and feebacks:
Most of our laws regarding waste are focused on handling the waste post-generation. Our policies guiding how we handle waste (after it is generated) separate waste into hazardous and nonhazardous categories based on the following charateristics:
Considering the materials provided in this section and the focus placed on most waste after generation, please answer the following questions:
- Do you believe the current approach to waste management in the United States, including the statutes to deal with past waste (CERCLA) and different types of waste (RCRA) are comprehensive (do they, taken together, represent a superior way of dealing with waste)? Why or why not?
- Explain how you might improve the overall waste policy of the United States. What might you change to create an overall improvement in the current policy? Please be specific.