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<Municipal Solid Waste Management>
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.