Assessment of waste management in the South African chemical industry

Sindisiwe Chauke, Charles Mbohwa, Kehinde Sobiyi

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The Chemical industry are beneficial in improving human wellbeing by providing employment, better quality health, productive lifestyle and nutrition opportunities. However, the pollution from the industry has been associated with negative impacts on health and safety of humans, threatening the sustainability of the environment. Waste from the Chemical industry poses a significant threat to humans and environment when management is improper. Chemical waste generation and its management have been a serious problem ever since human habitation. Minimizing of waste and reuse are main issues relating to the management of chemical waste. South Africa backs the hierarchy of waste by encouraging production processes that are cleaner, minimizing waste, reusing, recycling and treating waste, making disposal the last option for the management of waste. Stringent hazardous or chemical waste control and management are required to avoid harm or damage to the environment and humans, while reducing liabilities. This paper gives an overview of the waste management of chemical waste in South Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)708-716
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Issue numberJUL
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventEuropean International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management.IEOM 2017 -
Duration: 24 Jul 201725 Jul 2017


  • Chemical industry
  • Hazardous waste
  • Waste disposal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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