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Ch 12: Solid and Hazardous Waste

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Watch video lessons and take self-assessment quizzes to learn about different types of solid waste and how they're managed. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Soil and Hazardous Waste - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Most of us stop thinking about waste when it hits the garbage can, but it actually plays a major role in our interactions with the environment. In this chapter, our instructor will introduce several types of solid waste and explore the different ways we manage it, from landfills to compost and recycling programs. She will also discuss strategies for reducing waste, and how the government legislates issues related to solid waste. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between municipal and non-municipal solid waste, as well as the different types of hazardous waste
  • Understand how modern sanitary landfills work and what challenges they pose
  • Explain different methods for managing waste, including incineration, composting, and integrated waste management
  • Identify strategies for reducing waste, including the '3 Rs' and green chemistry
  • Discuss federal laws governing waste reduction and management

Video Objective
Types of Solid Waste: Municipal Vs. Non-Municipal Learn to distinguish between municipal and non-municipal solid waste.
Sanitary Landfills: Definition and Issues Explore the features of a modern sanitary landfill and some of the problems associated with sanitary landfills.
Mass Burn Incinerators: Definition and Issues Study the features of a mass burn incinerator and some of the problems associated with incinerators.
What Is Composting? - Definition and Examples Discover the composting process, and see some examples of composting.
The 3 Rs of Reducing Solid Waste: Reuse, Reduce & Recycle Learn about source reduction, and how source reduction, reuse, and recycling help reduce the volume of solid waste.
What Is Integrated Waste Management? - Definition and Examples Understand integrated waste management through specific examples.
What Is Hazardous Waste? - Definition and Types Discover how to define hazardous waste and explore two main types: dioxins and PCBs.
Waste Legislation: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act vs. the Superfund Act Compare the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (the Superfund Act).
What Is Green Chemistry? Definition & Relation to Source Reduction Understand green chemistry and how it's related to source reduction.

9 Lessons in Chapter 12: Solid and Hazardous Waste
Types of Solid Waste: Municipal Vs. Non-Municipal

1. Types of Solid Waste: Municipal Vs. Non-Municipal

Waste comes in many different forms. This lesson explores municipal and non-municipal waste, the two main types of solid waste. We'll also delve into who creates waste and the amount of waste disposed of each year.

Sanitary Landfills: Definition and Issues

2. Sanitary Landfills: Definition and Issues

In this lesson, we will explore where trash goes when it is disposed of. We will also investigate the characteristics and issues associated with sanitary landfills.

Mass Burn Incinerators: Definition and Issues

3. Mass Burn Incinerators: Definition and Issues

In this lesson, we will explore the process of using extreme heat to dispose of waste. We will also investigate the issues associated with this method of waste management.

What Is Composting? - Definition and Examples

4. What Is Composting? - Definition and Examples

In this lesson, we will explore the unique method of waste disposal where items are encouraged to rot. We will investigate the composting process, the benefits of composting, and examples of different types.

The 3 Rs of Reducing Solid Waste: Reuse, Reduce & Recycle

5. The 3 Rs of Reducing Solid Waste: Reuse, Reduce & Recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle! In this lesson, we will explore the three Rs of reducing solid waste. We will also investigate examples of each of the three Rs, and how people can do their part to help reduce solid waste.

What Is Integrated Waste Management? - Definition and Examples

6. What Is Integrated Waste Management? - Definition and Examples

There are many ways to deal with waste. In this lesson we will explore the integrated waste management system that combines many strategies. We will also discuss how you can participate in your own kitchen.

What Is Hazardous Waste? - Definition and Types

7. What Is Hazardous Waste? - Definition and Types

Not all waste is something to throw in the trash and forget about. In this lesson, we will explore hazardous waste and what makes it dangerous. We will also investigate disposal methods and types of hazardous waste.

Waste Legislation: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act vs. the Superfund Act

8. Waste Legislation: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act vs. the Superfund Act

In this lesson, we will explore two federal laws that were established to deal with the issue of hazardous waste. We will also compare the scope of these laws and their impacts.

What Is Green Chemistry? Definition & Relation to Source Reduction

9. What Is Green Chemistry? Definition & Relation to Source Reduction

Green is not just a color, but also a way of doing things. In this lesson, we will explore the technique of green chemistry and how it applies to the waste management industry.

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