Increase enforceability of State regulations and statutes
with regularly scheduled reviews.
Many statutes and regulations on recycling, solid waste, and hazardous waste have not been
updated since they were ﬁrst enacted. This has led to outdated regulations and inecient
programs. By regularly reviewing statutes and regulations, NDEP is able to assess which
enforcement options are missing or need revisions. Regular reviews — as well as gathering
feedback from the public — will give NDEP insight into which programs need to be updated or
1. Review Nevada Revised Statute (NRS)
459 and Nevada Administrative Code
(NAC) 459 hazardous waste regulations.
NDEP will review State hazardous waste
regulations, consider adopting federal
regulations, and make suggestions for
additional revisions. NDEP will also
evaluate how it enforces the handling
of hazardous waste and examine where
enforcement is lacking.
2. Review NRS 444 and NAC 444 solid
waste regulations. NDEP will review
solid waste regulations and make
suggestions for additions or revisions,
focusing on landﬁlls and other solid waste
facilities. NDEP will also evaluate how it
enforces the handling of solid waste and
examine where enforcement is lacking.
3. Review NRS 444A and NAC 444A
recycling regulations. NDEP will
examine recycling regulations and analyze
Nevada's recycling rate. As part of this,
NDEP will evaluate how it enforces
recycling regulations and examine where
enforcement is lacking.
4. Research potential State programs
and regulations that may increase
enforceability. Enforcement actions
have varying levels of consequences.
NDEP can learn from other states that
have enforcement regulations that have
beneﬁted their recycling programs.
5. Research other state recycling programs
with high rates of compliance. Many
other states have programs enacted
through legislation that have high rates
of compliance and success. NDEP intends
to learn from mistakes and successes
to bring new programs to the State and
continue developing practical recycling
and end-of-life material management
programs throughout Nevada.
6. Enact enforceable regulations through
legislative and administrative action.
Regulation changes must go through
the Nevada Legislature or the Nevada
State Environmental Commission.
NDEP will observe proper procedures
for each statute or regulation change
as the opportunity arises, and ensure
a transparent public process for any
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