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Characteristic Waste
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EPA requires all waste generators to evaluate their wastes to determine if they exhibit any of the four hazardous characteristics: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity. Ignitable wastes are capable of causing or intensifying a fire. Corrosivity describes those wastes that might be capable of corroding metal containers and escaping to contaminate the environment. Reactivity wastes are those that are particularly unstable. Toxic wastes are harmful or fatal when ingested or absorbed.
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