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Waste Minimization - What Is It?

Waste Minimization refers to the use of source reduction and/or environmentally sound recycling methods prior to treating or disposing of hazardous wastes. Waste minimization includes source reduction practices that reduce or eliminate waste generation at the source and environmentally sound recycling practices where source reduction is not economically practical.

Waste minimization does not include waste treatment, i.e., any process designed to change the physical, chemical, or biological character or composition of a hazardous waste or waste disposal. For example, compacting, neutralizing, diluting, and incineration are not waste minimization practices.

EPA's preferred hierarchical approach to solid waste disposal includes source reduction as the first solution, followed by recycling, then incineration, then disposal in landfills.

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