Following is a list of freeware that provides information on issues related to waste management. Before you access any software or apps, please read our disclaimer and permissions page if you haven't already done so.

California Materials Exchange (CalMAX)
By California Integrated Waste Management Board. A free service designed to help businesses find markets for non-hazardous materials they have traditionally discarded.

Chemical Waste in Higher Education
By University of Wisconsin-Madison. Resources related to the regulatory aspects of chemical waste management that present special problems to higher education. The information on the site ranges from the practical — such as how to manage RCRA generator status — to discussion of issues that the author hopes EPA will consider, and ask us for comments about, in future rulemakings.

Envirofacts Warehouse
By US Environmental Protection Agency. Allows you to retrieve environmental information from EPA databases on Superfund sites, drinking water, toxic and air releases, hazardous waste and Biennial Reporting System data, water discharge permits, and grants information. Use online queries to retrieve data or generate maps of environmental information by choosing from several mapping applications available through EPA's Maps On Demand.

EPA Data Finder
By US Environmental Protection Agency. This site is a single place to find a vast selection of EPA data sources, organized into topics such as air and water that are in easily downloadable formats. Data Finder points to data in downloadable formats to speed up environmental research. For each data source, you can see a basic overview, including the geographic scale and other contextual information, then access the data source itself.

Find Your Nearest Waste Site
By The Environment Agency. Find licensed waste sites to recycle or dispose of your business waste in your local area in the UK.

GOV.UK Waste and Environmental Impact
By The Environment Agency. Information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including waste management plans, hazardous waste and preventing pollution.

HORIZON Solutions Site
By HORIZON Communications, UNEP, UNDP, UNPF, UNICEF, Harvard University, Yale University, and the IDRC of Canada. A source of case studies on proven or promising solutions drawn from all parts of the world and from both high and low technologies. Subjects include agriculture, biodiversity, desertification, forests, oceans, fisheries, land management, energy production and consumption, population, public health, toxic chemical and pollution control, transportation, waste management, and water quality and supply.

Marine Debris Tracker
By NOAA and SEA-MDI. The Marine Debris Tracker mobile app allows you to help make a difference by checking in when you find trash on US coastlines and waterways. Available for iPhone and Android.

Municipal Solid Waste in the United States
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste. Describes the national waste stream, including trends, based on data collected from 1960 through last year.

RCRA Biennial Report Data Files
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste. The Biennial Reporting System (BRS) is a US national system that collects data on the generation, management and minimization of hazardous waste. BRS captures detailed data on the generation of hazardous waste from large quantity generators and data on waste management practices from treatment, storage and disposal facilities.

RCRA in Focus (RIF)
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. RCRA in Focus is a series of PDF files providing an overview of the RCRA regulations affecting specific industry sectors (e.g., dry cleaning, leather manufacturing, motor freight and railroad transportation, photo processing, printing, textile manufacturing, and vehicle maintenance). Intended as a guide for small businesses, RIF presents the lifecycle of a typical waste for each industry and focuses on recycling and pollution prevention options. Each issue contains a hazardous waste table of RCRA requirements for small businesses and answers frequently asked questions.

RCRA Regulations and Standards
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste. Historical and current information about RCRA laws, regulations and policies.

RCRA Training Modules
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste. An archive of Call Center training modules that provide an overview of a specific regulatory topic under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). These modules are useful resources for people wishing to gain a general understanding of RCRA, but they are not comprehensive sources of regulatory information.

RCRAInfo
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste. Search hazardous waste data contained in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Information (RCRAInfo) database. Data relates to the activities of generators, transporters, facilities that treat, store, and dispose of hazardous waste. RCRAInfo replaces the data recording and reporting abilities of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Information System (RCRIS) and the Biennial Reporting System (BRS).

RCRAInfo Download
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste. RCRAInfo is EPA's comprehensive information system, providing access to data supporting the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 and the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) of 1984. RCRAInfo replaces the data recording and reporting abilities of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Information System (RCRIS) and the Biennial Reporting System (BRS). Download the RCRAInfo flat files from the EPA publically accessible FTP server. These files also include a comprehensive web-enabled help module (RCRAInfo_Flat_File_WebHelp.zip) to explain the flat file specifications and data element values.

Report a Litterer App
By Texas Department of Transportation. The Donít Mess with Texas Report-A-Litterer App gives Texans a way to actively report litter and litterbugs on Texas roadways -- litterers get a letter reminding them to keep trash off the roadways. You can also view a real-time zoom-able map of Texas with all reports, including the dates and types of litter reported. The app is available for both iOS (Apple) and Android (Google) smartphone platforms.

Report Litter
By EPA Victoria. EPA Victoria's public litter reporting service was the first of its kind to be established in Australia. It enables members of the public to report people who throw litter from a Victorian-registered motor vehicle and those that litter are fined. Available as an iPhone app.

Search the EPA Internet
By US Environmental Protection Agency. Search the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) web site.

SW-846 Manual, Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physical/Chemical Methods
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Contains over 200 documents, including many different methods for the sampling and analysis of wastes.

Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Explorer Waste Transfer Reports
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). Get reports by area, chemical, facility or date for transfers to recycling, recovery, treatment, POTWs, and other off-site transfers.

TrashOut App
By TrashOut.me. This app allows you to locate and report illegal dumps in your neighborhood, your city or anywhere else in the world. Available for iPhone, Android and Windows.

TRI Comparative Analysis Tool -- Waste Data Sources
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. This TRI Comparative Analysis tool allows users to compare records from the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) with those from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Information system (RCRAInfo), which houses compliance and other information for facilities involved in the generation, handling, or treatment of hazardous waste.

TRI Explorer Waste Quantity Report
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). Get data by area, chemical, industry, or date on waste recycled on-site, recycled off-site, energy recovery on-site, energy recovery off-site, treated on-site, treated off-site, quantity released on-and off-site, or waste due to catastrophic or one time events.

What You Can Do
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste. These resources will allow you to better understand the type, amount, and impact of wastes generated in your home and community, and what you can do to help reduce and better manage waste.

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