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Solid Waste, Hazardous Materials, and Hazardous Waste Management

There will be three major but related topics discussed in this chapter. They are solid wastes, hazardous materials, and hazardous waste management. Hazardous materials including chemicals are included here because eventually either by accidental release or purposeful disposal the substances become hazardous wastes.

STATEMENT OF PROBLEM AND SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR SOLID WASTE

(See endnotes 3, 10, 97; Chapter 2, “Air Quality (Outdoor [Ambient] and Indoor)”; Chapter 3, “Built Environment—Healthy Homes and Healthy Communities”; Chapter 4, “Children’s Environmental Health Issues”; Chapter 5, “Environmental Health Emergencies, Disasters, and Terrorism”; Chapter 8, “Healthcare Environment and Infection Control”; Chapter 9, “Insect Control, Rodent Control, and Pesticides”; and Chapter 14, “Water Quality and Water Pollution”)

Global Warming

The manufacture, use, and disposal of materials as well as the production of the raw materials needed to make a given product will also produce gases which can alter the ambient atmosphere and cause unnecessary changes in weather patterns. The disposal or processing of solid wastes in incinerators or landfills produces an unusually large amount of methane gas and also carbon dioxide which affect the weather and may add to global warming.

 
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