Hazardous Waste Minimization Audits: Strategy and Methodology

    Published: Jan 1989

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    Hazardous waste minimization audits have been performed at numerous industrialized facilities. The strategies and methodologies used in these minimization audits are detailed and thorough, and they efficiently utilize the manpower of the audit team. The auditing procedures presented in this paper can be used either by personnel contracted to perform minimization audits at client facilities, or by in-plant personnel performing minimization “self audits.”

    The waste minimization audit consists of six principal phases: (1) preparations made before the site visit, (2) onsite information gathering, (3) identification of minimization opportunities for specific wastes, (4) prioritization of minimization opportunities for specific wastes, (5) development of plant-wide minimization recommendations, and (6) recommendations for management of wastes that cannot be further minimized.


    hazardous waste, minimization, auditing

    Author Information:

    Resch, ME
    Senior environmental engineer, Environmental Science and Engineering, Inc., Gainesville, FL

    Committee/Subcommittee: D34.10

    DOI: 10.1520/STP20080S

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