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Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Minimize Hazardous Waste

Why Minimize Hazardous Waste?


  • It is the currently preferred method of waste management, endorsed by organizations from the Chemical Manufacturing Association to the Environmental Protection Agency to Greenpeace.
  • Protection of the environment and human health because of the reduced volume and toxicity of the waste that is created.
  • Waste management and compliance costs are lowered for individual departments and the University as a whole.
  • Inventories are reduced or eliminated along with possible releases of hazardous chemicals.
  • Worker exposure is decreased.
  • The image of the University as a whole will be enhanced.
  • Decreased future liability costs for the University.
  • Compliance with mandated pollution prevention laws.
  • Only buy the amount of a chemical that you need.