Subject: Environmental Studies
Language: English (U.S.)
Pages: 3
In your opinion, what are our best options for dealing with solid waste? With hazardous waste? Discuss the main provisions of RCRA and CERCLA. Do you think that these regulations go far enough in protecting human health and the environment? Why, or why not?

Dealing with Solid Waste

Waste management includes all the methods that are used in the treatment of solid wastes and also offers solutions on how to recycle some items especially those that are non-biodegradable (Cunningham and Cunningham, 2011). In my opinion, the best method for dealing with solid waste is plasma gasification. This form of waste management involves conversion of solid and liquid waste into syngas. The waste material is placed in an entrapment with temperatures exceeding 12600 degree Celsius. The molecular structure of the waste material is then broken down owing to the excessive temperatures. This method of waste management leads to renewable energy amongst other incredible benefits.

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act was enacted in 1976 and it is the law that governs the disposal of waste in the United States. One of the main elements of RCRA is that it directs the EPA to have complete control over the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials. These are known as the Cradle to Grave provisions. The CERCLA is meant to govern the process of locating, assessing, and cleaning up of contaminated sites. These laws are effective in ensuring that no citizens are exposed to hazardous chemicals.




Cunningham, W. P., & Cunningham, M. A. (2011). Principles of environmental science inquiry and applications (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.