Solid Waste Disposal Act [SWDA] Law and Legal Definition

The Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1965 is an act that regulates the treatment, storage, or disposal of solid, both non hazardous and hazardous, waste.

The act outlined environmentally responsible methods for getting rid of trash at the household, municipal, commercial and industrial levels. The Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1965 was the beginning of a series of regulations that emphasized clean air and resource management.

Significant amendments were made to the act with the passage of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA).