SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1989

Waste Reduction Audits: Matching Types to Stages


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.

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Hirschhorn, JS
Office of Technology Assessment, United States Congress, Washington, DC
Oldenburg, KU
Office of Technology Assessment, United States Congress, Washington, DC
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Developed by Committee: D34
Pages: 41–47
DOI: 10.1520/STP20078S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5098-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1269-8