Manufacturing and industrial
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Manufacturing and industrial waste may include cafeteria garbage, dirt and gravel, masonry and concrete, scrap metals, oil, solvents, chemicals, green waste, wood and scrap lumber, and wastes from industrial products. This waste may be:
Industrial solid waste is divided into hazardous and non-hazardous. This waste is regulated under the (New Regulated Waste Classification and Waste-related Environmentally Relevant Activity (ERA) classifications). These classifications also define as hazardous certain commercial products, such as cleaning fluids, paints and pesticides.
Even though the management of waste in manufacturing and industry is highly regulated, microplastics and their uncontrolled release into the environment has not been fully evaluated. For example, high levels of microplastic pollution have been found in water and sediment discharged from a textile industrial area, and micro and nanoplastics could be escaping from other industrial sites.
Manufacturing and industrial waste may move through the environment via four pathways:
Last updated: 11 January 2021
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2021) Manufacturing and industrial, WetlandInfo website, accessed 1 February 2021. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/management/pressures/litter-illegal-dumping/sources/industrial/