About ETC

The Environmental Technology Council (ETC) is the leading trade association of commercial firms that provide a broad range of recycling, treatment, disposal and field services to customers for industrial and hazardous wastes. ETC member companies provide the infrastructure for waste management in the U.S. to support productive industries, commercial businesses, agriculture, and government entities.

Founded in 1982, the Council has been a leader in promoting strong environmental standards based on sound science to assure the proper management of hazardous waste. ETC has fought for its goals through legislative advocacy and the public adminstrative process, particularly at the Environmental Protection Agency, and in the courts.

The proper management of hazardous waste is critical in our industrial society. The manufacturing process of just about every product, from tennis balls to computers, produces hazardous wastes that must be treated properly and disposed of safely to ensure that public health and the environment are protected. ETC seeks to increase awareness about the integral role the hazardous waste management industry plays in America's economic structure.

What are the goals of the ETC?

ETC supports the development of technology-based environmental solutions to the management and treatment of hazardous waste to better protect human health and the environment. ETC seeks solutions that consider both short-term and long-range environmental and economic impacts and supports the development of environmental standards that are protective, practical and based on sound science. ETC achieves its goals through the development of technical and regulatory assessments, public and member education programs, legal initiatives and public advocacy. ETC also seeks to increase awareness about the integral role the hazardous waste management industry plays in America's economic structure.

ETC member companies operate under the strict requirements of federal and comparable state laws. ETC supports strong implementation of our nation's environmental laws so that our neighbors will know that our important and critical environmental work is an asset to the community.