EPA Highlights for the Week of November 14, 2016
- USDA, EPA Announce U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions
- The Economic Power of Recycling
- What You Can Do to Reduce Nutrient Pollution
- Join EPA's Air Quality Flag Program
More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash, making up about 21 percent of the waste stream. Keeping wholesome and nutritious food in our communities and out of landfills helps communities and the 42 million Americans that live in food insecure households. Find ways you can reduce wasted food at home.
Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) - a systematic approach to using and reusing materials over their lifetime. Recycling bins are now common in our homes, schools and workplaces; restaurants are composting their food waste and businesses are working with communities to offer consumers reuse and recycling opportunities.Recycling is a key component of
America’s recycling and reuse activities accounted for 757,000 jobs, produced $36.6 billion in wages and generated $6.7 billion in tax revenues in 2007, based on the most recent census data. Recycling also reduces pollution and greenhouse gases.
Read a blog post by EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus about the economic power of recycling and sustainable materials management.
Nutrient pollution is a widespread, costly environmental problem, caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in water. Too much of these nutrients causes algae to grow faster than aquatic ecosystems can handle.
You can help reduce nutrient pollution from your home and yard. Plant a rain garden with trees and shrubs, always pick up after your pet, and only apply fertilizer when necessary.
Find more tips on what you can do.
Air Quality Flag Program alerts organizations to the local air quality forecast and helps you take action to protect your health. Each day your organization raises a flag that corresponds to how clean or polluted the air is. The color of the flag matches EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI): green, yellow, orange, red, and purple.EPA's
On unhealthy days, your organization can use this information to adjust physical activities to help reduce exposure to air pollution. Learn how your organization can participate.