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Six Methods Listed for Waste Reduction / by Office of Technology Assessment

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Six Methods Listed for Waste Reduction / by Office of Technology Assessment

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A report issued by the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, which is an arm of Congress, lists ways a company that generates hazardous waste can reduce the amount of that waste.

The report, issued in 1986, listed six methods for the reduction of waste.

The first would be for the company to conduct a waste reduction audit to provide information about:

- Types, amounts and level of waste generated.

- Sources of waste within the production operations.

- Feasible reduction techniques for those wastes.

The second step would be to revise the company's accounting methods so that both short-term and long-range costs of managing wastes, including liabilities, are charged to the department and individuals responsible for the processes and operations that generate the waste.

Another step would be to involve all employees, the report said, in waste reduction planning and implementation.

"Waste reduction must be seen as the responsibility of all workers and managers involved in production, rather than just the responsibility of those who deal with pollution control and compliance," the report said. …

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