DEQ Reports Hazardous Waste Volumes Decreased For 2011


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The overall volume of hazardous waste generated in Idaho decreased during 2011. That's according to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.

Although hazardous waste volumes increased at some of the state’s businesses and waste generation facilities, DEQ’s 2011 “Hazardous Waste Management in Idaho” report shows that overall hazardous waste decreased by 10 percent, from 5,152 tons in 2010 to 4,618 tons in 2011.

DEQ attributes the decrease primarily to continued business waste management practices, such as recycling and distillation, and the economic downturn.

Reductions occurred in the categories of characteristic and treatment, storage and disposal wastes. Increases occurred in the mixed, solvent, remediation, and other waste categories.

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