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This book will prove useful not only for both large and small academic institutions, but for small businesses as well. As small quantity generators and conditionally excluded small quantity generators, secondary schools, colleges, universities, and small businesses will identify with the problems-and solutions-presented here.
The approaches in this book can save many chemistry departments thousands of dollars. In addition, they significantly clarify the often complicated legal requirements placed on both secondary and post-secondary institutions by state and federal government.
This informative book offers specific, practical, and cost-effective solutions to the problems of waste disposal, from a description of a successful program to conduct a one-time cleanout of secondary schools, to the identification of chemicals that have no identity.
Approaches to waste disposal taken around the country, including in-house treatment, lab packing, and the benefits of recycling through waste exchange programs are covered.
SECTION I: FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND THE PROBLEMS OF ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS. How to Establish an Academic Laboratory Waste Management Program. What EPA Does Not Understand About Academic Laboratories. Unwanted Chemicals in Secondary School Laboratories. SECTION II: ACADEMIC WASTE DISPOSAL PROGRAMS. Surviving a Disposal Crisis in the Small Academic Laboratory. The School Science Laboratory Inventory and Disposal Project in Illinois-Chemical Disposal. Developing a Chemical Management System. SECTION III: IDENTIFICATION OF UNKNOWN CHEMICALS. Characterization of Unknown Laboratory Chemicals for Disposal. Waste Disposal in an Academic Laboratory: Headaches and Solutions. SECTION IV: METHODS FOR TREATING AND HANDLING WASTES. Tested Laboratory Disposal Methods for Small Quantities of Hazardous Chemicals. The Use of Reductive and Oxidative Methods to Degrade Hazardous Waste in Academic Laboratories. Chemical/Physical Methods for Treatment and Disposal of University Hazardous Wastes. SECTION V: WASTE DISPOSAL PRACTICES. Chemical Waste Reduction and Recycling in Canadian Academic Laboratories. Lab Pack Management. Regional Differences in Laboratory Waste Disposal Practices.