NY State Waste definition
What is Waste ?
It may seem easy . "waste" is everything that no longer has a use or purpose and needs to be disposed of, right? Right. The term certainly applies to discarded material, but there are specific definitions for waste that affect how waste is regulated and must be handled, especially in professional settings.
The majority of household and veterinary practice waste is considered "solid waste," regardless of whether it's actually "solid" in physical form. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines solid waste as "any garbage or refuse, sludge from a wastewater treatment plant, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility and other discarded material, including solid, liquid, semi-solid, or contained gaseous material resulting from industrial, commercial, mining, and agricultural operations, and from community activities." Based on this definition, examples of solid waste generated by veterinary clinics include, but aren't limited to: animal tissues, fluids and carcasses; animal waste; chemicals used in laboratory, cleaning or radiographic procedures; syringes and other medical supply waste; some medications, such as epinephrine and nitroglycerin; chemotherapy agents; mercury from thermometers; light bulbs and batteries; pesticides; paint and other solvents; and more.
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