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Waste management includes the activities and actions necessary to manage waste from its beginning to its final disposal. This process consists of collecting, transport, treating, and disposing of garbage and monitoring and regulating the waste management process. Debris can also be a solid-liquid or gas. Waste management refers to industrial, biological, and household. If you intend to know more about waste management, stop right here, and this quiz will teach you.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What are the four basic waste categories?

    • A.

      Hazardous, spent electronics, bulk, municipal trash

    • B.

      Hazardous, non-hazardous, special, universal

    • C.

      Recyclable, organic, inorganic, aqueous

    Correct Answer
    B. Hazardous, non-hazardous, special, universal
    Explanation
    The correct answer is hazardous, non-hazardous, special, universal. These four categories represent the different types of waste that can be generated. Hazardous waste refers to materials that are potentially harmful to human health or the environment. Non-hazardous waste includes general household or commercial waste that is not considered dangerous. Special waste refers to waste that requires special handling or disposal methods due to its unique characteristics. Universal waste refers to specific types of hazardous waste, such as batteries or fluorescent bulbs, that are commonly generated by households or businesses.

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  • 2. 

    What does RCRA stand for?

    • A.

      Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

    • B.

      Research, Conserve, Recycle, Amend

    • C.

      Reasonable Culpability and Resource act

    Correct Answer
    A. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. This act is a United States federal law that governs the management of hazardous waste and non-hazardous solid waste. It aims to protect human health and the environment by promoting the proper management of waste from generation to disposal. The other options, Research, Conserve, Recycle, Amend, and Reasonable Culpability and Resource act, are not correct and do not accurately represent the acronym RCRA.

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  • 3. 

    Solid waste can be in many forms including a liquid, sludge, aerosol, granular or solid.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Solid waste can indeed exist in various forms, including liquids, sludge, aerosols, granules, and solids. This means that not all solid waste is necessarily in a solid form, as it can also take the form of liquids, sludge, aerosols, or granules. Therefore, the statement "Solid waste can be in many forms including a liquid, sludge, aerosol, granular or solid" is correct.

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  • 4. 

    One of the most common ways a facility determines what type of waste they are generating is by using:

    • A.

      MSDS - also referred to as "generator's knowledge"

    • B.

      The assumption that everything is a hazardous waste unless they conduct testing on each of the waste materials.

    • C.

      Use production records

    Correct Answer
    A. MSDS - also referred to as "generator's knowledge"
    Explanation
    The correct answer is MSDS - also referred to as "generator's knowledge". MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheet, which is a document that provides information about the potential hazards of a chemical substance. Facilities can use MSDS to determine the type of waste they are generating by referring to the information provided about the chemicals used in their processes. This allows them to identify any hazardous properties or characteristics of the waste materials and take appropriate measures for its management and disposal.

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  • 5. 

    What are the four main characteristics used to identify a non-listed hazardous waste?

    • A.

      Water soluable, flammable, explosive, inert

    • B.

      Corrosive, inorganic, volatile, aqueous

    • C.

      Ignitable, corrosive, toxic, and reactive

    Correct Answer
    C. Ignitable, corrosive, toxic, and reactive
    Explanation
    The four main characteristics used to identify a non-listed hazardous waste are ignitable, corrosive, toxic, and reactive. Ignitable means that the waste can easily catch fire, while corrosive refers to its ability to corrode or eat away at materials. Toxic means that the waste is harmful or poisonous to living organisms, and reactive means that it can undergo violent chemical reactions. These characteristics help in determining the potential risks and proper handling and disposal methods for the waste.

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  • 6. 

    Hazardous wastes are regulated by the following laws:

    • A.

      EPA

    • B.

      OSHA, EPA, DOT

    • C.

      DOT

    Correct Answer
    B. OSHA, EPA, DOT
    Explanation
    Hazardous wastes are regulated by OSHA, EPA, and DOT. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) ensures that employees are protected from hazardous substances in the workplace. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) sets regulations for the proper handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous wastes to protect the environment and public health. DOT (Department of Transportation) regulates the transportation of hazardous materials to ensure their safe handling and prevent accidents during transportation. Together, these three agencies work to regulate and mitigate the risks associated with hazardous wastes.

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  • 7. 

    BMP stands for what?

    Correct Answer
    Best Management Practice
    Explanation
    BMP stands for Best Management Practice. This term is commonly used in various industries and fields to refer to a set of guidelines or strategies that are considered the most effective or efficient way to manage a particular process or system. It is a proactive approach that aims to optimize resources, minimize risks, and improve overall performance. By implementing best management practices, organizations can achieve better outcomes and ensure sustainable practices.

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  • 8. 

    Universal Wastes MUST be recycled to qualify for "universal waste status" under RCRA.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Universal wastes must be recycled in order to qualify for "universal waste status" under RCRA. This means that these specific types of wastes, such as batteries, pesticides, and mercury-containing equipment, cannot simply be disposed of in regular trash. They must be properly managed and recycled to meet the requirements set forth by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). By recycling universal wastes, it helps to reduce the environmental impact and potential harm that these hazardous materials can have on human health and the environment.

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  • 9. 

    Non-hazardous wastes may NOT be placed in a general dumpster for disposal

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Non-hazardous wastes can be placed in a general dumpster for disposal. Non-hazardous wastes refer to materials that do not pose a threat to human health or the environment. These wastes can include items such as paper, plastic, food waste, and other common household or office materials. However, it is important to note that certain items, such as electronics or hazardous materials, may require special disposal methods and should not be placed in a general dumpster.

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  • 10. 

    Special Wastes are regulated for the following reasons:

    • A.

      Special wastes are especially difficult to treat

    • B.

      The USEPA Office of Special Waste Management

    • C.

      Specific state requirements, landfill restrictions, and/or company policy

    Correct Answer
    C. Specific state requirements, landfill restrictions, and/or company policy
    Explanation
    Special wastes are regulated due to specific state requirements, landfill restrictions, and/or company policy. This means that different states may have their own regulations and guidelines for handling and disposing of special wastes. Additionally, landfill restrictions may be in place to ensure that special wastes are properly managed and do not pose a risk to the environment or public health. Lastly, individual companies may have their own policies in place to ensure the safe and responsible handling of special wastes. Overall, these regulations and policies aim to address the unique challenges associated with treating and managing special wastes.

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