Hazardous Waste Reduction—An International Perspective

by A. J. Englande, Jr., Tulane Univ Medical Cent, New Orleans, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering

Abstract: Waste reduction has long been recognized as the preferred option for the management of hazardous wastes. As early as 1976, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted a hierarchy as the guide for hazardous waste management options that identified reducing the amount of waste at the source through changes in the industrial processes as the most desirable option. Treatment, destruction and disposing of waste on land was deemed the least desirable option. Similar hierarchies have been adopted by several international environmental and development agencies, as well as many of the advanced industrial countries of the world. This paper presents an evaluation of the status of hazardous waste reduction from an international perspective indicating applicability to U.S. initiatives where applicable.

Subject Headings: Hazardous wastes | Waste disposal | Industrial wastes | Hazardous materials | Environmental issues | Environmental Protection Agency | North America | United States

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