Integrating Resource Recovery and Waste Management
in Biomedical Research
Scott E. Merkle, MS, CIH,
and Richard Sloane, MS, NIEHS
From its inception in 1993, the NIEHS recycling, reuse, and reduction
program has collected office paper, aluminum cans, cardboard, pallets,
fluorescent tubes, and consumer glass and plastics. Since then,
the program's scope has expanded to include a broader range of
items including certain lab plastics, animal cage bedding, cafeteria
pre-consumer waste (vermicomposting), mixed metals, "Tyvec" brand
lab coats and coveralls, laboratory supplies, and much more. Over
3,000,000 pounds have been diverted from the landfills in 9.5 years.
Early in the planning process for the new EPA research facility
constructed on a 134-acre portion of the campus where NIEHS is
located, the NIEHS and the EPA came together to identify possible
collaborative efforts in waste management. Now, as EPA occupies
its new facility, the outcomes of our collaboration are being realized.
These collaborative efforts include:
- Incorporating EPA research activities and facilities into the
NIEHS environmental permits for air quality and hazardous waste
- The joint use of a new pathological waste incinerator equipped
with state-of-the-art technologies for air emission and water
- Expansion of the NIEHS hazardous waste treatment and storage
facility to provide for coordinated use by both agencies.
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