Wherever feasible, generation of waste should be reduced or eliminated as much as possible. Implementing a comprehensive waste minimization plan may reduce the generator status of the University and therefore reduce the compliance requirements. The plan can also reduce exposure to toxic materials, potential environmental liabilities and help protect the environment through more efficient resource utilization.
From a cost savings perspective, the program reduces expenses by minimizing waste treatment and disposal costs, raw material purchases, and other operating costs.
There are many ways to prevent or minimize hazardous waste generation. This list provides some ideas for waste minimization techniques.
Waste handling options and the priority in which they should be considered are illustrated below.