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Waste Minimization

Waste minimization is a vital part of a waste management program.  In an effort to minimize wastes from being shipped off site for disposal or recycling, efforts should first be made to see if any unwanted chemical products within a department or group on campus can be used by another.  To help facilitate this “chemical exchange” process, employees may contact Dustin Robbins.

National Waste Minimization Program

The National Waste Minimization Program supports efforts that promote a more sustainable society, reduce the amounts of waste generated, and lower the toxicity and persistence of wastes that are generated. The Environmental Protection Agency has identified 31 “Priority Chemicals” for reduction.  The 31 Priority Chemicals and their respective Chemical Abstract Services Registry Number (CAS#) are as follows:

  1. 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene (PDF), CAS#120-82-1
  2. 1,2,4,5-Tetrachlorobenzene (PDF), CAS# 95-94-3
  3. 2,4,5-Trichlorophenol (PDF), CAS# 95-95-4
  4. 4-Bromophenyl phenyl ether (PDF), CAS# 101-55-3
  5. Acenaphthene (PDF), CAS# 83-32-9
  6. Acenaphthylene (PDF), CAS# 208-96-8
  7. Anthracene (PDF), CAS# 120-12-7
  8. Benzo(g,h,i)perylene (PDF), CAS# 191-24-2
  9. Cadmium (PDF) (2 pp, 11K)7440-43-9
  10. Dibenzofuran (PDF), CAS# 132-64-9
  11. Dioxins/Furans (PDF) (considered one chemical on this list), CAS# 1746-01-6
  12. Endosulfan, alpha (PDF) & Endosulfan, beta (PDF) (considered one chemical on this list), CAS# 959-98-8 / 33213-65-9
  13. Fluorene (PDF), CAS# 86-73-7
  14. Heptachlor (PDF) & Heptachlor epoxide (PDF) (considered one chemical on this list), CAS# 76-44-8 / 1024-57-3
  15. Hexachlorobenzene (PDF), CAS# 118-74-1
  16. Hexachlorobutadiene (PDF), CAS# 87-68-3
  17. Hexachlorocyclohexane, gamma- (PDF) (Lindane), CAS# 58-89-9
  18. Hexachloroethane (PDF), CAS# 67-72-1
  19. Lead, CAS# 7439-92-1
  20. Mercury, CAS# 7439-97-6
  21. Methoxychlor (PDF), CAS# 72-43-5
  22. Naphthalene (PDF), CAS# 91-20-3
  23. Pendimethalin (PDF), CAS# 40487-42-1
  24. Pentachlorobenzene (PDF), CAS# 608-93-5
  25. Pentachloronitrobenzene (PDF) (Quintozene), CAS# 82-68-8
  26. Pentachlorophenol (PDF), CAS# 87-86-5
  27. Phenanthrene (PDF), CAS# 85-01-8
  28. Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (PACs) / PAH Group (PDF) (as defined in TRI)
  29. Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) (PDF), CAS# 1336-36-3
  30. Pyrene (PDF), CAS# 129-00-0
  31. Trifluralin (PDF), CAS# 1582-09-8