Selected Industry and Association contacts for further information on recycling, waste management, and environmental issues include:
Many clearinghouses, hotlines, and electronic bulletin boards have been developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to respond to legislative initiatives requiring the agency to provide outreach, communications, and technology transfer to businesses, individuals, and other organizations. Clearinghouses facilitate the exchange of critical information and are also useful as a central access point for hard-to locate technical reports and documents. The following information clearinghouses and hotlines may be of particular interest to manufacturers.
Environmental Protection Agency Phone Numbers:
Aerometric Information Retrieval System Bulletin Board (919) 541-5742 Air Risk Information Support Center Hotline (919) 541-0888 Air/Superfund Coordination Program (919) 541-5589 Control Technology Center Hotline (919) 541-5285 Inspection, Control, and Compliance Technical Information Clearinghouse (919) 541-4571 Small Business Assistance Program Support Center Hotline (919) 541-0800
Toxic Substances Control Act Assistance Information Service U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Assistance Division, 7408 401 M Street, SW Washington, DC 20460 (202) 554-1404
Provides information on TSCA regulations to industry, labor and trade organizations, environmental groups, and the public. Technical as well as general information is available.
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Information Hotline Booz, Allen & Hamilton 1725 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA 22202 (800) 535-0202
Provides regulatory, policy, and technical assistance to federal agencies, local, and state governments, the public, and the regulated community in response to questions related to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (Title III of SARA).
Solid Waste Information Clearinghouse and Hotline P.O. Box 7219-20907 1100 Wayne Avenue, #700 Silver Spring, MD 20910 (800) 67-SWICH
Developed and partially funded by the Solid Waste Association of North America and EPA, SWICH comprises a library system and an electronic bulletin board, and provides information on all aspects of solid waste management, including source reduction, recycling, composting, planning, education and training, legislation and regulation, waste combustion, collection, transfer, disposal, landfill gas, and special wastes.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act/Superfund/Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act Hotline Storage Tank Hotline (RCRA/SF/OUST) 1725 Jefferson Davies Highway Arlington, VA 22202 (800) 424-9346
Provides information pertaining to federal EPA regulations, policy, and documents to federal EPA regulations, policy, and documents to federal agencies, local and state governments, the public, and the regulated community in response to questions related to RCRA, underground storage tank issues, SF, Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), EPCRA, SARA Title III, and radiation site cleanup standards.
Hazardous Waste Ombudsman Program U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 401 M Street, SW, Room SE 301 Washington, DC 20460 (800) 262-7937
The hazardous-waste management program established under the RCRA is the most complex regulatory program developed by the EPA. It assists the public and regulated community in resolving problems concerning any program or requirement under the hazardous waste regulations. The Ombudsman Program, located at headquarters and in each regional office handles complaints from citizens and the regulated community, obtains facts, sorts information, and substantiates policy.
National Response Center U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters 2100 Second Street, SW, Room 2611 Washington, DC 20593 (202) 267-2675 or (800) 424-8802
Receives reports of oil, hazardous chemical, biological, and radiological releases. The NRC then passes those reports to a predesignated federal on scene coordinator who coordinates cleanup efforts with other responsible federal agencies.
Methods Information Communications Exchange (MICE) c/o Science Applications 7600-A Lewisburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22043 (703) 821-4789
Provides information on analytical test methods for the characterization of hazardous waste in support of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
Stratospheric Ozone Information Hotline Technical Resources 501 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 (800) 296-1996
Provides consultation on ozone protection regulations and requirements under Title VI of the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990. Title VI covers the following key aspects of the production, use, and safe disposal of ozone-depleting chemicals: (1) production and phase-out controls; (2) servicing of motor vehicle air conditioners; (3) recycling and emission reduction; (4) technician and equipment certification; (5) approval of alternatives; (6) ban of nonessential uses; (7) product labeling; and (8) federal procurement.
National Small Flows Clearinghouse West Virginia University P.O. Box 6064 Morgantown, WV 26506 (800) 624-8301
Distributes publications and videotapes, performs literature searches, operates a toll-free hotline, produces free newsletters, and operates a computer bulletin board.
Small Business Ombudsman Clearinghouse/Hotline U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Small Business Ombudsman, 1230C 401 M Street, SW Washington, DC 20460 (703) 305-5938 Fax: (703) 305-6462
Apprises the trade associations representing small business interests of current regulatory developments.
Access EPA from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is a free directory listing of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other public sector environmental information resources. To obtain a copy, contact the Public Information Center at U.S.E.P.A at (202) 260-2080. This annual directory provides information on documents, dockets, clearinghouses and hotlines, records, databases, models, EPA libraries, and state libraries. Access EPA is also available via the Internet, using Gopher, at gopher.epa.gov.
Beyond the specifics listed below, many states have tax credits that apply to new business in general, to business expansions, or to businesses locating in certain predesignated areas. Always, consult with state commerce, economic development, or tax offices to learn the details of state law.
Income tax credit of 10% of installed cost, up to lesser of 25% of total tax liability or $5,000.
Thirty percent tax credit on income/corporate taxes for purchase of equipment making products with at least 10% recycled content.
Banks and corporations may take a 40% tax credit for purchase of certain equipment to manufacture recycled products with minimum 50% secondary content and 10% post consumer content. Development bonds for manufacturing products with recycled materials.
Up to 20% tax credit for purchase of certain equipment to make products using post-consumer recycled materials. Special credits for plastic recycling.
Corporate tax credits for investments and for job creation for use of minimum of 25% secondary materials removed from in-state waste stream. Reductions in gross receipts tax also apply. Corporate tax credits also available for source reduction activities and for processors and collectors of recyclable materials.
Sales tax exemption on recycling machinery. Tax incentives to encourage affordable transportation of recycled goods from collection points to sites for processing and disposal.
Tax credits for equipment used to manufacture products made from recycled paper, plastic, or glass.
Sales tax exemption for manufacturing equipment.
Property tax exemption for buildings, equipment, and land involved in converting waste into new products.
Sales tax exemptions for recycling equipment.
Tax abatement for equipment used to manufacture products made with at least 25% post-consumer material.
Property and income tax credits to encourage recycling industries.
Corporation and franchise tax credits for purchase of qualified recycling equipment; corporate and personal income tax credits for purchase of equipment to recycle CFCs used as refrigerants.
Corporate tax credits equal to 30% of cost of recycling equipment and machinery. Tax credits of up to $5.00 per ton of wood waste from lumber products used as fuel or to generate heat.
Individual and corporate income credit for expenses incurred to convert a furnace to burn used oil or to buy and install equipment to recycle used Freon.
Sales tax exemptions for recycling equipment.
Tax credit of 25% on purchase of equipment to process recyclable materials; up to 5% off income taxes for purchase of business-related products made with recycled materials.
Investment tax credit of 50% for recycling vehicles and machinery; 6% sales tax exemption on purchases of recycling equipment.
Tax credits on equipment to recycle or use recycled materials in a manufacturing process.
Industrial and corporate income tax credits and exemptions for equipment and facilities.
Income tax credit of 15% on purchase of equipment and facilities to use recyclable materials in a product.
Individual and corporate income tax credits for capital investment in recycling equipment and facilities. Special credits for plastic recycling.
Scrap metal dealers defined as manufacturers for sales tax purposes and exempted from electricity and fuel sales taxes.
Sludge recycling corporations eligible for franchise tax exemptions.
Individual and corporate income tax credits of 20% of the purchase price of machinery and equipment for processing recyclable materials. Manufacturing plants using recycled products are eligible for a 10% tax credit.
Motor vehicles are exempt from rate regulation when transporting recovered materials from collection to reprocessing facilities and manufacturers.
Disposal-tax waivers for commercial recyclers who reduce their solid waste by 50%.
Sales tax exemptions for waste reduction and recycling equipment and facilities; business property tax exemptions for same equipment.
For more information you can check other resources like: PaperMatcher: A Directory of Paper Recycling Resources by American Forest & Paper Association. Get it free by calling (800) 878-8878; American Recycling Market Directory, by calling (800) 267-0707.
Recycling allows discarded materials to be diverted from the waste stream and begins with separation and collection of recyclable material at the source.
Aluminum: Currently (as of 1997) more than 65,000 aluminum beverage cans is recycled every minute.
Iron and steel: In 1989, the U.S. scrap processing industry prepared 60 million tons for recycling, double the amount of paper, non-ferrous metals (aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, etc.), glass, and plastics combined.
Plastics: Currently, three principal types of plastics are being recycled:
Glass: The use of crushed glass, or cullet, in manufacturing offers economic advantages over virgin materials (sand, soda ash, limestone). Cullet melts at a lower temperature than the raw materials, so manufacturers can reduce energy usage as well as particulate emissions into the atmosphere. Today, 25 percent of any given glass container is made from recycled glass.
Paper: Paper and paperboard constitute the largest proportion of municipal solid waste. More than 30 percent of all the paper and paperboard used in the United States today is being collected and used as either a component to make recycled paper and paperboard or as an export to foreign nations.
Source: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries