Key components of a waste-management program for R&E and field-support laboratories within the oilfield service industry are discussed. Guidelines presented encourage efficient waste management via waste minimization, providing economical benefits and environmentally sound disposal of waste.

Generic criteria, based on physical and chemical properties of the waste, are established for hazard characterization, classification, and segregation purposes. Several waste disposal options for the identified waste streams are reviewed. Specific case situations and the resulting cost benefits are described using the guidelines presented.

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