There is a need to conduct chemical management to protect the health and safety of your people and surrounding communities as well as the environment. This would be your responsibility that you protect the health and be aware of the laws that govern the waste disposal and handling or storage of the waste with proper precautions. There are some laws and governing bodies that govern the way you need to tackle these wastes. Some federal and state regulations require all of the generators of chemical waste to receive training and follow proper waste management as well as disposal procedures.
These regulations and laws if not abide by the industrialists might face severe monetary and civil penalties. In likewise manner, between 1990 and 2004, over twelve million dollars in fines have been imposed on various University and College campuses, as well as on industries, for hazardous waste and other environmental violations that lead the EPA led governing bodies to question waste management at different levels, institutions, and industries.
Chemical Waste is of many types and includes much of our daily life and daily processing, belongings, or by-products that need to be tackled with care. These include unused and surplus reagent grade chemicals, Intermediates, and by-products generated from research & educational experiments, used or disposed of batteries, anything contaminated by different types of chemicals, used oil of all types, either related to automotive or industrial machines, spent solvents including water-based, or polar or non-polar solvents, mercury-containing items, as these are also harmful to human health, photographic film processing solutions, as well as, chemicals, Pesticides, Non-returnable gas cylinders as these might have some sort of itching smell, Non-empty aerosol cans, finely divided powders, contaminated syringes, needles, GC syringes, razor blades, Pasteur pipettes, pipette tips, equipment and apparatus containing and dealing with hazardous waste of medical field or research related to the medical field, hospital or pharmaceutical wastes, computer/electronic equipment, toner cartridges, remains of paints, fluorescent light bulbs, as these might have gases that could be harmful, light ballasts, preserved specimens, industrial cleaners, and Phenolic, Epoxy, Styrene type resins, Dyes, degreasing solvents, and brake/Transmission/Power Steering Fluids of automotive sector. This is a not ending list and you might need time to count all these in the list.
You need to spend time planning and preparing for the waste disposal activity and your team or waste management team might need some pre-requisites to follow because this needs to be aligned with EPA standards. Your team or supervisors need to elect activities that are tailored to your science standards, to minimize waste generation, and there might be fewer efforts required to dispose of the waste products.
First, you need to consider the properties of the chemicals produced as wastes, and the products generated. If those products require special disposal methods to follow or might undergo unique hazards, then you might need to modify the experiment to use safer materials for the disposal activities.
Use small-scale or microscale procedures to deal with wastes from the grass-roots level. Efforts to mitigate and reduce waste could be encouraged by governing bodies, as it might save you on resources, and reduce your product preparation time.
By considering all these, your team needs to know and review the federal, state, and local laws for the disposal of the chemicals. Incorporate those disposal instructions into your processing and assembly phases. By making waste disposal a routine in every activity, your industry will develop a culture of taking care of the environment and accepting your responsibility of preserving nature for the upcoming generation.