In 2006, the management of materials accounted for 42% of the United States’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, based on a systems analysis (U.S. EPA; 2009). The systems view of materials management represents U.S. emissions related to the goods and services we create through extraction, harvesting, processing, production, transport, and final disposition. Sites undergoing cleanup provide many opportunities for waste reduction and materials diversion through safe reuse and recycling.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
- Sustainable Materials Management in Site Cleanup (PDF)(12 pp, 1 MB, 2013, 542-F-13-001)