The management of hazardous waste has two purposes. On the one hand, it seeks to reduce the risks of contact of these substances with human beings, and on the other hand, to recover useful materials and store them in appropriate places.
According to the SEMARNAT’s Register of Hazardous Waste Generators, between 2004 and 2014 the 93,355 registered companies generated 2.19 million tons of hazardous waste. This figure does not reflect the total volume of waste generated in the country, since this registry does not include all those companies that produce waste in the national territory.
The Vice Presidency of Sustainability, assisted by the Department of Environmental Management and Operational Safety, promotes the implementation of the program for the proper handling and disposal of hazardous waste from UANL entities to comply with the applicable environmental law. This program aims to classify, store, and manage waste transportation and final disposal in collaboration with companies certified by federal authorities, such as the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT).
Therefore, procedure guidelines on hazardous waste classification and collection have been delivered across UANL so that they can be used as a basis for developing the “Manual on the environmentally sound waste treatment” at each hazardous-waste-generating entity: