ERIC Number: ED368604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Waste Management and Disposal for Artists and Schools.
Babin, Angela; McCann, Michael
Artists, art teachers, and students need to understand the problems associated with disposing of waste materials, some of which may be hazardous. The waste products of art projects, even if non-hazardous, also use up space in overloaded landfills. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets forth guidelines for disposing of hazardous wastes. Hazardous waste disposal comes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), while industrial wastewater discharges fall under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The EPA divides hazardous waste producers into large quantity, small quantity, and conditionally exempt small quantity generators of hazardous waste, each category of which must follow a particular set of regulations. Most artists and art educators produce too little liquid waste to require compliance with the CWA. However, certain art related industries, such as porcelain enameling and photographic processing, must comply with certain EPA standards. There are many types of solid waste. Among these are toxic waste, acutely hazardous waste, flammable waste, corrosive waste, reactive waste, and leachable toxic waste. Waste management methods, in order of preference, include: (1) elimination or reduction at the source; (2) separation or concentration; (3) exchange; (4) energy or material recovery; (5) incineration or treatment; and (6) secure land disposal. (SG)
Descriptors: Art Education, Art Materials, Artists, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Hazardous Materials, Higher Education, Pollution, Waste Disposal, Wastes, Water Resources
Center for Safety in the Arts, Inc., Art Safety Information, 5 Beekman Street, New York, NY 10038.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.; Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.; New York State Council on the Arts, New York.; New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs, NY.; New York State Dept. of Labor, Albany.
Authoring Institution: Center for Safety in the Arts, Inc., New York, NY. Art Hazards Information Center.