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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.
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.
Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and
- 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.
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 .
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.
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.
Global Waste Trade
- Links to documents on the trade in hazardous wastes organized by continent/country.
- A list of non-toxic or less-toxic products that can be used as alternatives
to hazardous household chemicals.
Waste Cleanup Information
- This site contains information about innovative treatment technology as
well as programs, organizations, publications and other tools.
- 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.
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.
Consumer's Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste Practical steps that
families can take to reduce the amount and toxicity of garbage.
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.
of Solid Wastes Online activities for students.
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.
No Words A crossword puzzle activity.
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