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Our special waste glossary of terms: waste terms defined


Special Waste Glossary of Terms

Use this glossary to look up regulatory language, industry acronyms and other important special waste terms.

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  • Acidic

     A material having a pH less than 7.0.​

  • Acutely Hazardous Waste

     A subset of listed hazardous wastes that carry the "H" code; they are considered very harmful to human health and the environment. 

  • Alkaline

    A material having a pH greater than 7.0.​

  • Aqueous

    A water solution containing organic and/or inorganic constituents dissolved in solution.​

  • Asbestos

    The various forms of asbestos are: serpentine (chrysoltile), riebeckite (crocidolite), cummingtonite-grunerite, anthophyllite and actinolite-tremolite.

  • Asbestos (Friable)

    Any material containing asbestos, that, when dry, can be crumbled, pulverized or reduced to powder by hand pressure.​

  • Asbestos (Non-Friable)

    Any material containing asbestos, that, when dry, cannot be crumbled, pulverized or reduced to powder by hand pressure. Examples of non-friable asbestos include asbestos cement pipe, certain roofing shingles and asbestos fireproof gloves.​

  • Asbestos Tailings

    Any solid waste that contain asbestos and is a product of asbestos mining or milling operations.​

  • Asbestos-Containing Waste Materials

    Mill tailings or any waste that contains commercial asbestos. This term includes filters from control devices.

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