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Solid Waste Management

The term "solid waste" means any discarded or abandoned material.  GSA manages solid waste in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations, and waste is generally managed under the following categories: municipal solid waste (trash or garbage), construction and demolition waste, and hazardous waste.  Each GSA Regional Office administers its own solid waste programs, advising on sustainable, environmentally-compliant waste collection, storage, and disposal requirements.

In accordance with Executive Order (E.O.) 13423, "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management", issued on January 24, 2007, and E.O. 13514, "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance", issued on October 5, 2009, GSA promotes waste reduction, recycling, and composting in Federal buildings. GSA has a goal of 50 percent waste diversion (non-hazardous, non-construction waste) by the end of FY2015, and tracks progress toward meeting this goal.  GSA compiles waste diversion data for the annual Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan report, under E.O. 13514, and for other reporting requirements.  

To learn more about sustainable waste management practices, visit GSA's Sustainable Facilities Tool at       



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