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78-ME4211 - 9 What is waste minimisation The USEPA(US...

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The USEPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) has outlined the following hierarchy of hazardous waste management priorities . These are ranked according to environmental preference , from most desirable to least desirable : (i) Eliminate waste generation; (ii) Reduce waste generation; (iii) Reuse, recover, or recycle waste materials; (iv) Treat waste to diminish quantity and to detoxify; and (v) Dispose of waste residuals. Originally, the USEPA classified any activity as waste minimisation if it reduced the quantity or toxicity of wastes to be handled by the treatment facilities. This broad definition was subsequently changed to exclude end-of-the-pipe processes that specifically treated waste streams. The USEPA's current definition of waste minimisation includes the first three items in the above list, specifically excluding methods of treatment and disposal. 1
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