Public policy impacts on the generation and disposal of hazardous waste in New York State

R. E. Deyle, S. I. Bretschneider

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Abstract

A number of policies adopted by the federal government and the states have been designed to promote waste reduction or influence the choice of waste disposal technologies employed by generators of hazardous waste. Graphic analysis of smoothed time series data for hazardous wastes manifested in New York State for the period between June 1982 and February 1987 suggests that some of these policies have had the intended effects. Significant shifts in manifested waste volumes are evident that coincide with the following policy interventions: (1) increased state waste-end tax rates; (2) state and federal landfill bans; (3) federal restrictions on burning hazardous wastes and waste oils for energy recovery; and (4) changes in the federal regulatory definition of hazardous waste. Other changes in waste generation and management appear to be attributable to such factors as state and regional economic conditions and changes in instate treatment and disposal facility capacity. Analysis of the management of specific waste types supports evidence from the graphic analysis that waste generators changed from land disposal to ''higher'' waste handling technologies in response to several policy interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)462-468
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Air and Waste Management Association
Volume40
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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