General Environmental Management Inc. is an environmental and waste management services firm which provides a suite of services for their clients including: field services, remediation, transportation, EHS compliance services, on-site technical services and off-site treatment for both hazardous and non-hazardous materials.

General Environmental assists its clients, which include both public and private institutions, in meeting regulatory requirements for the disposal of wastes. An ongoing, primary focus of the company is to find a reuse or recycle option for clients to reduce the burden of the disposal of waste in our environment.

Another primary focus of the company is waste minimization. What exactly is waste minimization? Waste minimization is any activity that reduces the amount of hazardous material that permanently leaves the production process as waste.

General Environmental considers waste minimization and waste reuse to be the peak of the waste management service pyramid. The company believes reducing waste should be the first consideration in any waste management strategy.

The reasons for institutions to develop a waste minimization plan include:

• Lower costs and greater efficiencies.
• Reduced government scrutiny and intrusion through a reduction in self-reporting obligations.
• Improved community relations through a more positive public image.
• Enhanced employee morale by creating a more inviting and safe work environment.

Waste minimization may include in-plant recycling and improvement of plant operating procedures along with source reduction. Source reduction includes both actions that reduce the net amount of hazardous waste generated and action taken before waste is generated that lessen its hazardous properties. Common source reduction strategies include: materials substitution, product substitution and reformulation, and process or equipment change.

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