Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Solid Waste Management on Tribal Lands
EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region (Region 9) Tribal Solid Waste Program works with tribal environmental agencies in California, Arizona and Nevada to ensure the safe and effective management of solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The Solid Waste Program works directly with tribal governments to address solid waste issues, such as cleanup of open dumps, development of integrated solid waste management programs, including composting and recycling, curbside collection, and transfer station development. We assist tribes in understanding RCRA solid waste and landfill regulations. We provide technical assistance, training and funding, and facilitate peer networking and community education. We also assist tribes with site-specific flexibility determinations for municipal solid waste landfills.
EPA's 1984 Indian Policy lays the groundwork for EPA involvement in Indian Country. EPA commits to close involvement, in a government-to-government relationship, with tribal governments in making decisions and managing environmental programs affecting reservation lands.
For more information on preventing open dumping, landfill regulations, transfer station sitting, or general solid waste questions on tribal lands in the Pacific Southwest.
Northern, Central and Southern (Border) California Tribes »
Deirdre Nurre (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nevada, Eastern Sierra and Southern California (Non-Border) Tribes »
Jenny Stephenson (email@example.com)
Zoë Heller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
US EPA Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street WST-7
San Francisco, CA 94105
Programs and Resources
- Developing Solid Waste Codes and Ordinances
General tips and frequently asked questions for developing and updating tribal solid waste codes, plans and ordinances.
- Developing Solid Waste Management Plans General tips and frequently asked questions for developing a tribal solid waste management plan.
- Federal and State Partners
- Green Building
General information and resources for the green building which is the practice of creating healthier, more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition.
Greening Tribal Casinos
General tips for greening casinos and related facilities including hotels, golf courses, spas and parking lots.
- Household Hazardous Waste Management
- Open Dump Cleanup
Includes resources on illegal dumping assessment, prevention and cleanup.
- Outreach Materials
Includes resources on general waste management and recycling, household hazardous waste, composting.
- Other EPA Programs in Tribal Solid Waste
- Regulations for Open Dumps, Landfills, and Transfer Stations
Includes information on the closure of open dumps, regulations governing landfills on tribal lands and guidance on siting waste transfer stations.
- Solid Waste Resources
Links to publications in solid waste, sample waste codes, and plans, as well as links to other useful tribal and solid waste organizations.
- Success Stories
- Tribal Interagency Solid Waste Workgroup Meetings
Dates, meeting notes, and information about yearly tribal interagency solid waste workgroup meetings held in California, Arizona and Nevada.
- Waste Reduction and Recycling
Includes information on waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and buying recycled.