Solid Waste Management

The term "solid waste" means any discarded or abandoned material. GSA manages solid waste in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations, and waste is generally managed under the following categories: municipal solid waste (trash or garbage), construction and demolition waste, and hazardous waste. Each GSA Regional Office administers its own solid waste programs, advising on sustainable, environmentally-compliant waste collection, storage, and disposal requirements.

In accordance with Executive Order (E.O.) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, signed by President Obama on March 19, 2015, GSA promotes waste reduction, recycling, and composting in Federal buildings. GSA has a goal of diverting a minimum of 50 percent of solid waste away from landfills and incineration, through reuse, recycling, and composting. GSA tracks the amount of solid waste landfilled, recycled, and composted to measure solid waste diversion progress by facility and project. GSA reports waste diversion performance results in the annual Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan report.

To learn more about sustainable waste management practices, visit GSA's Sustainable Facilities Tool at

Last Reviewed: 2018-12-31