1. E-waste is electronic waste, which includes items such as discarded television sets, cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices. It's important because it is currently the fastest growing waste product in the US and the world. 2. The United States produces 1/3 of the world's solid waste. 3. The US's municipal waste is about 1.5%.
4. Hazardous waste is poisonous, dangerously chemically reactive, corrosive or flammable. Examples of hazardous waste include industrial solvents and car batteries. 5. The percentage of hazardous waste that is not regulated ranges from 80-90%. 6. Seven substances that are “linguistically detoxified” are radioactive waste, hazardous/toxic chemicals discarded by households, mining waste, oil/gas drilling waste, liquid waste containing organic carbon compounds, cement kiln dust, and any waste from small businesses that is less than 220 lbs/month. “ Linguistically detoxified” means that, through government action, the definition of toxicity for substances changes, so fewer things fall under a particular classification as toxic. 7. Waste management is the attempt to reduce the environmental impact of municipal solid waste without seriously attempting to reduce the amount of waste produced. Waste prevention involves less waste being produced along with less air pollution. 8. Low-waste goals are approached through priorities. Primary pollution and waste prevention is the first priority. Their second priority is secondary pollution and waste prevention, and their last priority is waste management. 9. Primary pollution and waste prevention is more rational due to the reduced use of harmful products, changing manufacturing processes in industries to reduce hazardous waste and making products longer-lasting and easy to repair/recycle. 10. Reducing waste and pollution by redesigning manufacturing processes as well as products to reduce material and energy use, produce less waste and pollution, developing products that are easy to...
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