On a nationwide level, the EPA oversees a variety of waste issues. These include the regulation of hazardous wastes, landfill regulations, and setting recycling goals. There is no federal law that mandates recycling, so recycling legislation is localized through city or state governments. Individual states and cities are responsible for management of waste and can create recycling goals or landfill bans of recyclable materials. The United States also has a national solid waste management law called the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which creates a framework for management of hazardous and non-hazardous solid wastes.
Despite the high quantity of waste being discarded in over 1,900 landfills across the United States, the country’s recycling rates have been increasing since the 1960s. In 2014, about the country generated roughly 259 million tons of municipal solid waste .
Each year on November 15th Americans, celebrate “America Recycles Day” to encourage citizens to recycle and buy recycled products. America Recycles Day has been a program established by the national non-profit, Keep America Beautiful.