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Guidance Document for Management of Wastes from the Base Metals Smelting Sector

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The purpose of this Guidance Document for Management of Wastes from the Base Metals Smelting Sector is to provide guidance to the sector on the management of wastes. Base Metals Smelting Wastes are defined as "materials which are discarded from industrial processes for disposal without the possibility of resource recovery" and could include slags, drosses, skimmings, spent linings and refractories, pollution abatement systems wastes, liquid effluent treatment wastes and hydrometallurgical wastes. A review was conducted of the relevant literature and practices currently used by Canadian and international base metals smelters and refineries. This Guidance Document provides information on wastes generated during the production of base metals and current management practices, identifies available options that could be technically considered for the minimization and management of these wastes and provides guidance to industry as to the best techniques for the management of the wastes.

 
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