The Need for Medical Waste Recycling

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					      The Need for Medical Waste Recycling
   Medical waste refers to waste that is produced from healthcare centres, such as
hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, veterinary hospitals and labs. The rapid growth in the
health care industry has lead to an increase in the need for high volume waste disposal
                                        management.

Medical waste or clinical waste generally refers to waste products that cannot be
considered as general waste. This waste is produced from healthcare centres, such as
hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, veterinary hospitals and labs. A large quantity of this
waste is medical plastic. In this day and age it is imperative that both private as well as
public hospitals take medical waste recycling seriously. Studies have showed that up
to 6600 tons of solid waste are generated every year by medical facilities and that 20 to
25% of this waste is plastic. It has also been proven that a substantial amount of money
can be saved by recycling plastic waste that is sterile or non contaminated.




A comprehensive study that analyzed the recycling potential of medical plastic
generated by hospitals and animal health care centres revealed the tremendous amount
of hazardous medical waste generated. Researchers conducted this study by gathering
information with reference to waste streams, recycling data, disposal costs and plastic
content of medical waste from these hospital and health care centres. The data
gathered showed that hospital departments such as operating rooms, laboratories,
emergency rooms and ambulance facilities are major contributors of plastic waste.
However, hospital cafeterias produced a greater amount of plastic waste than any other
department. The study also suggested that the answer to improving the recycling of
plastic waste in hospitals was to classify the waste generating sources, depending on
the chances of infection and/or plastic component. Since most waste products from
medical sources are considered to be bio hazardous and infectious there are high
chances of them leading to the spread of infectious diseases.

The rapid growth in the health care industry has lead to an increase in the need for high
volume waste disposal management. The development of an economical and efficient
waste disposal system is a major area of concern. The
benefits of an efficient waste disposal system are as
follows:




      Increased Worker safety
      Reduced operational costs
      Easier housekeeping
      Improves community relations
      Cuts Down fire hazards
      Reduced health hazards
      Better security for your business and employees

A significant amount of money can be saved by recycling medical plastic and other
forms of medical waste. The health care industry is finally recognizing the need and
urgency for the regulation of medical waste and as this sector evolves, further scrutiny
and monitoring will be required to handle new risks.

				
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