Waste management has become a major area of focus for various governments in the Middle East. The commercial and residential segments in AbuDhabi generate tons of hazardous waste. Over the past decade, the rapid growth in population, urbanisation, economic expansion and huge paradigm shift in technology has led to a tremendous increase in the quantities of waste being generated.
Considering the fact it becomes critical for chemical waste management service in Abu Dhabi, to properly dispose of and treatment of this waste stream. Globally, countries are significantly addressing this issue by taking specific measures to deal with this critical waste stream.
A major portion of this hazardous waste is contributed by chemical waste produced in the industrial and medical sectors.
What is Chemical Waste?
Hazardous chemical waste may be generated from laboratory processes, facilities operations and maintenance, construction and renovation activities, photo processing etc. Chemical waste is considered hazardous if poses a hazard to human health or the environment when improperly managed. Hazardous chemical waste includes:
Examples of Chemical Waste are as follows, but not limited to,
- By-products generated from research laboratories
- Unused and surplus reagent-grade chemicals
- Anything contaminated by chemicals
- Used oil of all types
- Spent solvents - including water-based
- Mercury containing items
- Photographic film processing solutions and chemicals
- Non-returnable gas cylinders
- Non-empty aerosol cans
- Chemically contaminated sharps
- Finely divided powders
- Contaminated syringes, needles, blades etc
- Equipment and apparatus containing hazardous waste
- Computer/electronic equipment
- Toner cartridges
- Ethylene glycol
- Paints - both oil and latex
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Light ballasts
- Preserved specimens
- Custodial and industrial cleaners
- Uncured Resins(Phenolic, Epoxy, Styrene, etc....)
- Dye and glazes
- Degreasing solvents
- Brake/Transmission/Power Steering Fluids
Categories of Chemical Waste:
Hazardous chemical wastes can be categorized into five groups:
- Synthetic organics
- Inorganic metals
- Acids and Bases
Dispose of Chemical Waste:
Chemical waste is becoming a massive problem which needs to be solved. So regulation of safe disposal of waste is necessary, as these chemicals can have a negative effect on the health of people that are exposed to them and can also contaminate the soil and water.