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Hazardous Wastes Disposal Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Disposal of Hazardous Wastes. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.

Basel Action Network (BAN)
BAN is "an international network of activists seeking to put an end to the export and dumping of hazardous wastes from rich industrialized countries to poorer, less-industrialized countries." Their site contains information about the Basel Convention (an international treaty to end the most abusive forms of hazardous wastes trade), background information, status of what countries have signed the agreement, a library of letters and briefing papers, and a set of related links.

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal
The Basel Convention is the response of the international community to the problems caused by the annual world-wide production of tonnes of wastes. This global environmental treaty regulates the transboundary movements of such wastes and obliges parties to the convention to manage and dispose of the wastes in an environmentally sound manner. This link is to the United Nations Secretariat which manages the convention.

[The] Biology Project: Chemicals and Human Health
Tutorials and online problem sets designed for high school and university students from the University of Arizona. Content coverage includes: the effect of metals on the kidneys and on kidney cells, fundamental principles of toxicology, lung toxicology, and environmental tobacco smoke and lung development .

Disposal of Household Hazardous Materials
A fact sheet outlining three steps that should be followed before disposing of household hazardous materials.

Energy Wise Options for State and Local Governments
Chapter 3 in this online book addresses Waste Reduction.

Garbage: How Can My Community Reduce Waste: Hazardous Waste
Sections on definitions, who's responsible, a knowledge test, and solutions to the issue are presented by The Annenberg/CPB Project.

[The] Global Waste Trade
Links to documents on the trade in hazardous wastes organized by continent/country.

Hazardous Waste: Alternatives
A list of non-toxic or less-toxic products that can be used as alternatives to hazardous household chemicals.

Hazardous Waste Cleanup Information
This site contains information about innovative treatment technology as well as programs, organizations, publications and other tools.

Hazardous Waste Trade
A paper from the International Institute for Sustainable Development describing the trade in hazardous wastes and the associated issues.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Theme Page
This CLN Theme Page will complement the research that students and teachers are conducting on hazardous waste. Lots of lessons and lesson plans.

These FAQs from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are summaries about hazardous substances. They provide answers to questions about exposure to hazardous substances found around hazardous waste sites and the effects of exposure on human health. The FAQ sheets are organized alphabetically by chemical and a search engine is also available.

Toxicology: An Environmental Education Unit for Secondary Schools and Communities
From the Alberta Environmental Protection and the Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres, this seven lesson unit starts with an introduction to toxicology, moves on to toxicology topics of interest, and ends with a case study on toxic effects and water.

United States Environmental Protection Agency
This comprehensive site from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has resources targeted for both students and teachers.
  • [The] Consumer's Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste Practical steps that families can take to reduce the amount and toxicity of garbage.
  • HAZ-ED: Classroom Activities for Understanding Hazardous Waste Teacher resources include downloadable PDF files that offer warm up exercises, activities, fact flashes, and a glossary.
  • Municipal Solid Waste Factbook An electronic reference on household waste management practices. Lots of facts to pull out - note these data will be U.S. based.
  • Office of Solid Wastes Online activities for students.
  • Recycle City Students learn about the three R's by touring various sections of "Recycle City" and seeing how the various organizations and citizens reduce, reuse, and recyle. There's also a "Dumptown game" where students can play the role of a city manager who has been hired to start programs that encourage Dumptown's citizens and businesses to recycle and reduce waste all the while remaining within a budget of course. An Activities section contains suggestions for using the site within the classroom.
  • Waste No Words A crossword puzzle activity.

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