Characteristics of waste


Expertise in the different types, the chemical formulas and other characteristics of solid, liquid and hazardous waste.

Alternative labels

waste characteristics
chemistry of waste
liquid waste
hazardous waste
solid waste
types of waste
typology of waste

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Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Characteristics of waste is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Waste treatment engineer: Waste treatment engineers design processes, facilities and equipment used in the collection, treatment, and distribution of waste. They research environmental standards and policies in order to optimise waste treatment procedures and ensure minimal strain on the environment by analysing and classifying the processed waste.
Hazardous waste technician: Hazardous waste technicians dispose of materials that have been in contact with or are ignitable, corrosive, reactive, toxic or a combination of the aforementioned hazardous traits. They remove the waste from industrial facilities or households and transport them to a treatment facility to ensure they are treated and disposed of according to regulations. They may also advise on the proper treatment of hazardous waste, and aid in the clean-up of hazardous waste spills.

Optional knowledge

Characteristics of waste is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Environmental protection manager: Environmental protection managers provide advice on the development of environmental policies to governmental and official institutions. They analyse possible threats for the well being of the people and the environment in a region and manage campaigns aimed at tackling problems such as waste collection, landfills, and preservation of green areas.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022