Hazardous waste management and weight-based indicators-The case of Haifa Metropolis

E. Elimelech, O. Ayalon, B. Flicstein

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Abstract

The quantity control of hazardous waste in Israel relies primarily on the Environmental Services Company (ESC) reports. With limited management tools, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) has no applicable methodology to confirm or monitor the actual amounts of hazardous waste produced by various industrial sectors. The main goal of this research was to develop a method for estimating the amounts of hazardous waste produced by various sectors. In order to achieve this goal, sector-specific indicators were tested on three hazardous waste producing sectors in the Haifa Metropolis: petroleum refineries, dry cleaners, and public hospitals. The findings reveal poor practice of hazardous waste management in the dry cleaning sector and in the public hospitals sector. Large discrepancies were found in the dry cleaning sector, between the quantities of hazardous waste reported and the corresponding indicator estimates. Furthermore, a lack of documentation on hospitals' pharmaceutical and chemical waste production volume was observed. Only in the case of petroleum refineries, the reported amount was consistent with the estimate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)626-633
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Volume185
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Dry cleaners
  • Hazardous waste
  • Hospitals
  • Indicators
  • Petroleum refineries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry

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