ES&H Manual



8060 Waste and Recyclable Materials Management





Jefferson Lab performs the management, generation, storage, treatment, and disposal of all wastes and recyclable materials in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Commonwealth of Virginia regulations and other contractual commitments.


EPS-60 Waste and Recyclable Materials Management provides basic information about handling the various Jefferson Lab waste and recyclable material streams including:


Hazardous waste poses a substantial danger to human, plant, and animal life.  Hazardous wastes must be handled, stored, transported, and disposed of using special precautions and appropriate protocols.


Waste and Recyclable Materials Management Program objectives are:


This program implements the Lab’s ESH&Q policy and falls under the Lab’s EMS.


Refer to the following chapters for topic-specific details and guidance:




Responsibilities specific to Waste and Recyclable Materials Management are detailed in EPS-60 of the Environmental Protection Supplement.


Everyone at Jefferson Lab


Waste generators/handlers


Supervisor/Subcontracting Officer’s Technical Representative (SOTR)/Sponsor


Hazardous Waste Coordinator (HWC)



NOTE: For specific hazardous waste responsibilities, see ES&H Manual Chapter 8061 Hazardous Waste Management.


Used Oil Coordinator (UOC)


Division ESH&Q Staff and Area Safety Warden


Occupational Medicine


ESH&Q Reporting Manager


Facilities Management Director


Radiation Control Group (RadCon) Manager


Associate Directors


Property Manager


Program Summary


Staff and subcontractors are required to use pollution prevention/waste minimization practices to minimize the generation of wastes at Jefferson Lab.  For guidance in selecting the best product, such as the least hazardous or other “environmentally preferred” material, consult with your supervisor or an ESH&Q specialist.


Whenever a new process involving potential hazardous waste generation is being developed or studied, EPS-60 Waste and Recyclable Materials Management, should be used to determine applicable requirements.  At the design phase, identify and characterize all potential waste streams--ONLY by doing this first can you plan for proper waste handling and containment.  Before generating a waste, take time to determine the dangers and costs associated with handling that waste and ask if methods exist to produce less waste and/or less hazardous waste.


Procedures on the handling, storage, and disposal of all wastes and recyclables that can be expected to be found on site are provided here or referenced in EPS-60 Waste and Recyclable Materials Management.


The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and its Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments provide for the regulation of solid waste including hazardous waste disposal.  It also provides various means of recovering value from waste.  Under RCRA and Virginia law and regulations, these solid wastes may be recycled, reclaimed, used as a fuel supplement, or sold for profit.


Each of the recycling and waste management activities has a site manager or coordinator who is available to provide information or services to all staff.


Some factors that have been used to evaluate Jefferson Lab’s performance at minimizing waste generation include:



Waste reduction strategies are provided in ES&H Manual Chapter 8070 Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention.


Jefferson Lab’s Waste Management program encompasses many waste/recycling issues as touched on here.  Specific program issues as well as the site program are covered in EPS-60 Waste and Recyclable Materials Management.











ESH&Q Division

Bill Rainey





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