Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA)

Definition - What does Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) mean?

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act is a law which was established in 1976 to restrict the disposal of hazardous waste. It gives authority to Environment Protection Agency (EPA) to track the waste until its properly recycled. When it was firmly established, it outlined strict waste management standards. The main goals of the act are:

  • To protect human health and the atmosphere from the threats posed by waste disposal.
  • To eliminate the maximum amount of waste generated.
  • To conserve energy obtained by recycling waste.

Petropedia explains Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA)

After the amendment of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, waste disposal was done in an environmentally sound manner. The act set up certain rules and regulations for waste management thus promoting the conservation of resources. Another advantage of compiling the act was that it started making fertilizers from the waste products. Moreover the Environment Protection Agency ensures that the recycled feedstock is processed and transported successfully. It contains various sections which address different issues such as cleaning up of hazardous waste and releases, and the removal or management of leaking petroleum storage tanks.

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