The Hazardous Materials Minimization, Hazardous Waste Reutilization and Disposal Guide is divided into 4 main sections:
- Waste Minimization Information
- Hazardous Material Reutilization Information
- Hazardous Waste Management and Disposal Information
- Management of Specific Materials/Wastes
The first three sections of this guide will provide you information on how to best manage your excess Hazardous Material (HM) or the Hazardous Waste (HW) that you may generate.
The Waste Minimization Information section will provide tips and information on how to generate less waste. Reducing waste generation is the most cost-effective way to manage waste. By not creating waste, an activity reduces its environmental footprint, protects the environment for future generations, and helps maintain the public image of the Navy as good environmental stewards.
The Hazardous Material Reutilization Information section provides various options other than disposal. Information and procedures are provided on how to return HM to Hazardous Material Minimization Centers (HAZMINCENs), shelf-life extension procedures, various recycling and/or cross-decking efforts, and material transfer procedures to DLA Disposition Services for public resale.
The Hazardous Waste Management and Disposal Information section of this guide details the procedures to be followed to dispose of an item. HW disposal is the most costly and regulated method of managing expired or unneeded HM. The cost of disposal is often more than the purchase cost of the material, thus every effort should be made to avoid generation of a hazardous waste. The options in Sections I and II should be explored prior to HW disposal.
Section IV of this guide, Management of Specific Materials/Wastes, provides instructions for the management of specific HW that are generated most frequently in the Hampton Roads Region.