Hazardous Waste Stream (updated) by Robin Coyne



Not in My Back Yard!

Our global society is very concerned with implementing environmentally sensitive handling of products that can or will harm the Earth and it inhabitants. "Green" practice is now becoming a global business model, and yet we are reminded daily that it is hard to enforce unilaterally and the world is in a game of "catch up" with serious consequences for future generations if it doesn't. The need for environmental oversight is clear: Without awareness,education, regulation and monitoring, toxic waste streams will continue to grow.

In today's world it is unacceptable to continue the practice of dumping or illegally disposing of toxic and poisonous waste products. The automotive industry is one of the largest contributors to hazardous waste generation over the life of a given product. This lesson series is designed to provide awareness of the problem as it relates to the automotive industry and to show that the waste stream can be managed with green practices during and after the usable life of an automobile. Also, involvement in green practices can start in your own "back yard" or community.

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Transportation

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (12)
California Academic Content Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to identify the consequences of improper waste containment in terms of damage to living persons and the environment.
  • Students will identify and classify common hazardous materials generated in the automotive industry.
  • Students will complete classroom and shop work to gain understanding of the terms and vocabulary used in hazardous material management
  • Students can identify proper methods of storage and handling of hazardous materials
  • Students will explain how safe and proper waste management can prevent these conditions from occurring.
  • Students create a graphic organizer showing recyclability of vehicle parts and fluids.
  • Students will utilize writing materials to define terms and definition from the Power Point and lecture.
  • Students will create a learning log for shop activities and a study guide for a formative assessment at the end of the lesson

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