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Who we are

WasteWatcher is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).  WasteWatcher is one of the Compliance Assistance Centers developed with support from EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance (OECA).  Each Center focuses on a different industry sector, one that is heavily populated with small businesses and entities, and that faces substantial federal and state regulation.

Our objectives

The main objective of WasteWatcher is to deliver compliance assistance information for companies and individuals involved in moving solid waste across the U.S - Canadian border and onto disposal sites to help ensure the disposal of such wastes occurs in an environmentally sound manner that complies with state and federal regulations.  The initial focus of WasteWatcher is the importation of Canadian municipal solid waste into Michigan.  Other U.S ­ Canadian municipal solid waste import/export circumstances may be covered in the future.

Our methods

Finding answers to highly specific regulatory questions and mapping an efficient route for environmental compliance are both difficult tasks.  The regulated community is bound by federal, state and local environmental regulations, some of which overlap.

To provide compliance assistance, WasteWatcher has created an array of information and tools, which includes both unique internal resources, and links to useful information found on the Internet.  We encourage you to use these resources to help sort out your situation, and to find efficient and cost-effective solutions. Our tools include:

  • Driver and vehicle regulations,
  • Load restrictions (e.g., hazardous, medical and radioactive wastes),
  • Border crossing procedures,
  • Points of contact,
  • Solid waste landfill data, and
  • Related information.

If you can't find what you are looking for, ask us.

Contact us

WasteWatcher is a work-in-progress and your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated. These comments and suggestions will help shape the future of WasteWatcher. Please fill out the short form below.


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Thank you,
Bill Chenevert, WasteWatcher Director



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