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1.7.9 Industrial waste

Industrial waste is typically not under the jurisdiction of a municipal authority. However, in developing countries, where proper industrial waste management systems are not in place, such waste often enters the MSW stream.

Waste generated in industrial settings has non-hazardous and hazardous components, with non-hazardous waste representing the greater part of the volume. The hazardous component of this waste, while being relatively small in volume, can pose very large environmental and health problems.

Sound practices are extremely varied for industrial waste and are beyond the scope of this book. The Bibliography, however, includes a useful work by Batstone, et al., which can be used as a general reference. In any case, all sound practices must lead to separating hazardous industrial waste from MSW. In those cases where municipal authorities are forced to provide a temporary solution for the disposal of such waste, specially designed cells should be provided within the municipal landfill. These cells must be isolated so that waste pickers cannot come into contact with industrial waste.


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