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Household hazardous waste: What is best practice?

Teague, Christine (2003) Household hazardous waste: What is best practice? Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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In Western Australia there have previously been very limited attempts to deal with the issue of household hazardous waste (HHW). This report presents the findings of a worldwide literature review to determine “best practice” in the collection of household hazardous waste. The Waste Division of the Department of Environment Western Australia determined the need for this review, to assist in developing their strategies to deal with the problematic household hazardous waste stream.

This research initially examined the legislative framework for the management of HHW within Australia, and overseas in Europe, United Kingdom (UK), New Zealand, Canada, United States, Africa, Asia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Japan. The research then focused on identifying and analysing the existing HHW collection systems within Australia and overseas, the collection methods that were used and the costs incurred. The research identified that countries where separate collections of HHW are organised, usually rely on a combination of methods to collect the HHW.

Examination of the literature identified the costs of collecting HHW varied considerably between different countries and the various identified programs. During the research, it also became evident that a number of interesting initiatives for specific items of HHW were being undertaken, such as the Community RoPaint Program in the UK.

Education and promotion programs for the collection of HHW were also reviewed during the research, and it was apparent that the success of any HHW collection program is largely dependent on educating the public using all forms of media.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Division of Science and Engineering
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Supervisor(s): Katscherian, Dianne
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