Hazardous Waste

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Hazardous Waste
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Last Edit Date 2018-06-29

Hazardous Waste means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

A used or discarded material that can damage human health and the environment. Hazardous wastes may include heavy metals, toxic chemicals, medical wastes or radioactive material. The fastest growing waste stream in both developing and developed countries concerns electrical and electronic products, which contain hazardous substances that make disposal even more of a challenge. (1)

Human health and the environment are increasingly at risk, particularly when dumpsites are uncontrolled or volume becomes unmanageable. Illnesses and infections, ground water pollution, GHG emission, and ecosystem destruction are just some of the impacts of our overfilled global dustbin. The goal is to produce as little waste as possible, recycle or remanufacture as much as possible, and treat any unavoidable waste in a manner that is the least harmful to the environment and humans—or even as a source of sustainable energy. (2)

(1) UNEP 2012, Global Environment Outlook GEO 5, http://www.unep.org/geo/geo5.asp, (2) http://www.unep.org/climatechange/mitigation/Waste/tabid/104349/Default.aspx