Hazardous waste management in University Laboratories

TitleHazardous waste management in University Laboratories
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsChiki, S.
Keywordsecosystems, hazardous waste disposal, University laboratories, waste disposal

The protection of the natural environment and the natural resources within it are of utmost concern in today’s society. The increase in the world population and the expansion of human activity brought about numerous global environmental problems. One major environmental problem that is faced today is waste disposal and more specifically, hazardous waste disposal. When hazardous wastes are released into the environment, they contaminate the air, soil, surface and groundwater resources. Once in the environment, they may have devastating impacts on ecosystems and serous health implications… One activity that should be considered in relation to the global environmental problems is the production of chemical wastes from experiments by University and similar analytical laboratories. Many of the wastes generated by these labs contain hazardous materials making it necessary for these wastes to be treated and handled properly, to eliminate the potential contamination of the environment… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca