Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization in Laboratories: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization in Laboratories

1st Edition

By Peter A. Reinhardt, Peter C. Ashbrook, K. Leigh Leonard

CRC Press

512 pages

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Hardback: 9780873719759
pub: 1995-11-16
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This nuts and bolts book addresses specific waste minimization and pollution prevention techniques that work in specific types of laboratories for specific wastestreams. Concepts in the book may be directly applied to laboratory operations. In addition, the book illustrates other approaches to laboratory pollution prevention, such as reducing wastewater discharges and fume hood emissions. A wide range of waste types, including hazardous, infectious, medical, PCB, and radioactive, are discussed.

This book helps you to develop a broad, institutional framework to plan and set priorities for pollution prevention. It responds to your laboratory's critical need to have readily available techniques and concepts for waste minimization and pollution prevention.


"I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a starting point in waste minimization in laboratories."

--Chemical Health & Safety

"Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization in Laboratories is the only book devoted to this subject…it is the current bible."

--Laboratory Safety & Environmental Management

"A thorough guide for laboratory directors interested in incorporating pollution prevention practices in laboratory waste management procedures."

--Profile and Management Options for EPA Laboratory Generated Mixed Waste, USEPA 1996

"I found this book to be one of the most informative and practical that I have read on the subject of waste minimization… This book will make an excellent resource for those practicing in the area of laboratory waste management or general laboratory safety and health."

-AIHA Journal

Table of Contents


Introduction and Overview

Why Pollution Prevention? K.L. Leonard

A Survey of Laboratory Waste Management and Minimization Practices, K.L. Leonard and P.A. Reinhardt

Investigating Waste Minimization Possibilities, C. Klein-Banai

The Law on Waste Minimization in Laboratories, J.L. Hernandez, Esq.

Effecting Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization

Planning and Development of a Model Waste Minimization Program, R. Charbonneau

Institutional Policy, Commitment, and Support, F.M. Thompson

Overcoming Impediments to Waste Minimization, P.A. Reinhardt

Approaches by Media, Source, and Waste Type

Management of Laboratory Air Emissions, R. Stuart and M. Archer

Management of Laboratory Effluents to the Sanitary Sewer, L. Wundrock and J. Christensen

Pollution Prevention in Clinical Laboratories, R.J. Vetter, J.F. O'Brien, and G.D. Smith

Minimization of Waste Generation in Medical Laboratories, J.G. Gordon and G.A. Denys

Minimization of Low-Level Radioactive Wastes from Laboratories, P.C. Ashbrook, J. Brandon, and H. Mandel

What Individual Laboratories Can Do

The Microscale Chemical Laboratory, R.M. Pike, Z. Szafran, and M.M. Singh

At the Lab Bench: Finding the Right Balance in Source Separation, P.A. Reinhardt

Solvent Recycling by Spinning Band Distillation: Theory, Equipment, and Limitations, J.A. Mangravite and R.R. Roark, Jr.

Chemical Treatment Methods to Minimize Waste, M-A. Armour

What Organizations Can Do

Recruiting Vendors To Achieve Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention, K.L. Leonard

Surplus Chemical Exchange: Successes and Potential, J. Christensen

Cost Savings and Volume Reduction By Commingling Wastes, P.C. Ashbrook

Case Studies and Applications

Applications for Waste Solvent Recovery Using Spinning Band Distillation, J. A. Mangravite, R.R. Roark, Jr., and P. VanTriest

The Implementation of Waste Minimization Strategies in a Biotechnology Research and Development Laboratory, R.A. Senn

Waste Minimization and Management at 3M Research and Development Laboratories, L.J. Tanner

Implementation of Waste Minimization Strategies, B.D. Backus


Thoughts on the Future of Pollution Prevention in the Laboratory, P.C. Ashbrook


Guidance to Hazardous Waste Generators on the Elements of a Waste Minimization Program, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Notice and Interim Final Guidance

National Survey of Laboratory Chemical Disposal and Waste Minimization: Survey Design, Methods, and Analysis

State and Local Clearinghouses for Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization Resources and Information



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Chemical & Biochemical
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety