Hazardous wastes are wastes that could harm human health or the environment if not properly handled or disposed of. Special techniques are needed to eliminate or reduce the hazards. Hazardous wastes must not be sent to ordinary landfills or discharged to sewer; more specialized facilities are required to deal safely with these wastes. Chapter 7, Hazardous Waste Management Options, discusses options for managing hazardous wastes. Preferred options are discussed first. Hazardous wastes may be hazardous in many different ways. They may be corrosive, ignitable, infectious, reactive, toxic, or bioaccumulative. They may range from paints, oils, and solvents to acids, heavy metals, and pesticides. Most of us know them as the by-products of an industrialized society. There are various ways of dealing properly with hazardous wastes. This guide explains BC's system for managing these troublesome substances, with emphasis on the laws and regulations that apply.
St Quintin, Oliver N.C., Egistra Innovation Ltd.. 2005. HAZARDOUS WASTE LEGISLATION GUIDE. BC Ministry of Environment
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