- Prevent Waste
What is the principle?
An Example of Its Application
In order to apply this principle, scientists created the idea of "recycling." Recycling is the process whereby the wastes that would have been produced in a reaction are converted into new materials that are able to be used and are not hazardous. Recycling of chemical materials has become common over the past 10 years or so and has resulted in a great reduction in the wastes generated in the scientific industry. Some processes include:
- Using polymers as fuels
- Converting polymers into monomers
- Recycling of basic chemicals such as hydrochloric acid and sulphuric acid
Benefits of This Method
Recycling hazardous wastes fulfils the goals of the RCRA by reducing the consumption of raw materials and by reducing the volume of waste materials. Reducing the waste materials means less water, air and soil pollution. It also reduces the emissions of green house gases.
By reducing waste production, we increase product efficiency and reduce the costs of associated with purchasing raw materials. A business may also benefit by having a green image or being associated with reducing, reusing and recycling as a mean of distinguishing themselves from their competitors.