Outside of hazardous waste, there are many different types of waste that may be generated in retail operations that have some have requirements for handling and/or disposal. This includes food waste, office waste, paper, cardboard, tires, construction waste, medical waste and anything else that can no longer be used. Most regulations for non-hazardous solid waste are at the state or local levels and can include special handling or recycling requirements or disposal bans. This area also includes regulations for items that jurisdictions are trying to reduce or keep out of waste streams such as plastic bags. Retailers should know the constituents of their waste stream and develop management approaches to reduce the waste or divert it from landfills.

Visit the Retail Compliance Center's Retail Waste Report for a look at trends that are impacting waste and recycling in the U.S. such as China’s new waste policies (i.e., National Sword), and consumer trends in both shopping and in increased concerns about waste and U.S. policy trends.


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Extended Producer Responsibility for Retail

Extended Producer Responsibility for Retail

Resource page showcasing different types of EPR and the associated legislation

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California Organics Recycling Regulations

California Organics Recycling Regulations

Summary of California Mandatory Organics Recycling Program (AB 1826) and trends in organics recycling across California’s local jurisdictions.

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Product Stewardship & EPR Matrix

Product Stewardship & EPR Matrix

Summary of state product bans, EPR and product stewardship legislation for packaging and products such as carpet, batteries, electronics, paint and more.

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Implementation of Reusable Packaging Models

  • Video
  • 05/06/2021

Closed Loop Partners and CVS Health discuss the nuts and bolts of what it takes to get reusable packaging off the ground. Learn More

Upstream Innovation - Packaging Solutions

  • Video
  • 03/16/2021

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation discusses what upstream innovation is and how it applies to key circular economy strategies, focused on reuse. Guest... Learn More

A Global Look at Plastic Waste Webinar

  • Video
  • 10/15/2020

Webinar with Beveridge & Diamond P.C. discussing international plastics developments influencing domestic legislation, regulations, and operations. Learn More

Retail Donation Programs Webinar

  • Video
  • 06/16/2020

Good360, Feeding America, and Goodwill discuss donation of excess inventory, the state of donation organizations, and key donation info for retailers. Learn More

Consumer Bag FAQ

  • Blog Post
  • 12/10/2019
  • Kaela Martins

The rapid increase in consumer bag legislation has led to varying requirements and specifications across the country Learn More

Retail Waste Targets Tracker

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Detailed tracker of retail companies with waste, recycling and packaging goals. Learn More

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