STP1043

    Waste Reduction Audits: Matching Types to Stages

    Published: Jan 1989


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    Abstract

    Although technology itself is not a major obstacle to achieving maximum hazardous waste reduction, many other factors can limit industrial waste reduction. The chief way that obstacles to waste reduction are identified and overcome is through the use of waste reduction audits. It is necessary, however, to have a close match between the specific stage of waste reduction and the type of waste reduction audit used. For the first two stages of waste reduction, called here common sense and information driven stages, a very simple self-audit check list is efficient. For the third and fourth stages of waste reduction more elaborate, time consuming, and costly audits are appropriate and the use of outside consultants may be effective. Waste generators should make use of increasing numbers of government waste reduction programs, which provide information, audit manuals, and sometimes free on-site technical assistance.

    Keywords:

    hazardous waste, waste management, waste reduction, industrial management


    Author Information:

    Hirschhorn, JS
    Senior associate and analyst, Office of Technology Assessment, United States Congress, Washington, DC

    Oldenburg, KU
    Senior associate and analyst, Office of Technology Assessment, United States Congress, Washington, DC


    Paper ID: STP20078S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D34.10

    DOI: 10.1520/STP20078S


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