Solid Waste and Emergency Response Discussion Forum
In order to enhance the dialogue between EPA and the public, this online forum provides an opportunity for private citizens, environmental groups, businesses, community groups, and local and tribal governments to discuss topics relating to EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. OSWER will post a new discussion topic monthly.
Each question below leads to a conversation on that topic. Click on a link to read or participate in a conversation. We encourage you to comment; knowing your thoughts and ideas helps us shape better environmental policy.
December 19, 2012 – How has your community prepared for natural disaster debris?
December 19, 2012 – Can you share any tips you use at home or at work to reduce the amount of food going to waste? What other ways will you incorporate Reduce, Reuse, Recycle into your daily routines?
July 26, 2012 – Many communities have been hit hard by auto sector and other manufacturing industry closures and bankruptcies. EPA, the Department of Labor (DOL) and other organizations are working to assist these communities with their revitalization efforts. With this in mind, what are the critical first steps needed to promote revitalization, as you see them, and how can EPA help mobilize its federal, state, and local partners to help you begin to take them?
April 11, 2012 – April 22 is Earth Day. What are you and your neighbors doing to make your community greener, healthier and more involved in activities to promote protecting the environment all year long? How could EPA best convey information to communities to advance local recycling efforts?
March 13, 2012 – More than 97% of our food waste ends up in landfills and incinerators each year. Much of this is wholesome, uneaten food that could have been donated to those in need. How can EPA help you and your community reduce food waste?
January 30, 2012 – How can EPA help consumers increase their donations of used electronics to 3rd-party-certified electronics recyclers? How can EPA leverage its partnerships with manufacturers and recyclers to encourage the use of certified recyclers that use the best Environmental Sound Management (ESM) practices and create domestic jobs?
November 3, 2011 – What specific activities are your local schools, businesses, and communities participating in that most successfully support sustainable food management practices (such as reducing the amount of food produced, donating excess food to food banks, composting, etc.)? How can EPA contribute?
September 20, 2011 – What activities and approaches should EPA use to help your community fully and meaningfully participate in environmental decision-making? What are the most important factors that EPA should consider when working with your community?
April 29, 2011 – What are some successful ways EPA and other organizations have delivered information about environmental contamination and cleanups to communities, especially to those facing barriers such as remote location, language, and other difficult issues? What are some effective ways of tailoring information to a community to meet their specific needs?
February 28, 2011 – What are your thoughts on EPA’s plan to review our existing regulations?
December 30, 2010 – Do you know how to clean up a broken compact flourescent lamp (CFL)?
September 22, 2010 – Is your college or university part of the Game Day Challenge?
July 29, 2010 – Should Congress reinstate the “Superfund taxes”?
April 1, 2010 – How can EPA improve and expand on land revitalization efforts?
December 1, 2009 - How can EPA better engage and prepare local communities, especially economically disadvantaged communities, to meaningfully participate in government decisions on land cleanup, emergency response, and the management of hazardous materials and waste?
December 1, 2009 – ¿Cómo puede EPA comunicarse y preparar mejor a las comunidades locales, especialmente aquellas comunidades indigentes, para participar significativamente en el proceso de toma de decisiones gubernamentales en casos de limpieza de terrenos, respuesta a emergencias y el manejo de materiales peligrosos y desechos?