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Waste Management


American hospitals generate approximately 6,600 tons of waste per day. As much as 85% of that is non-hazardous solid waste, such as paper, cardboard, food waste, metal, glass, and plastics. An integrated waste reduction and recycling strategy will help better manage your facility’s waste stream. There is a substantial economic incentive for implementing programs to reduce waste, including reduced disposal costs and, possibly, income generated from recycling. The first step in waste reduction should be source reduction — reducing the volume of materials that come into the facility.

Related Organizations

Basel Action Network

The world’s only organization focused on confronting the global environmental injustice and economic inefficiency of toxic trade (toxic wastes, products and technologies) and its devastating impacts.

Practice Greenhealth

Has a series of resources organized to correlate with the Green Guide for Health Care Operations section.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment — air, water and land — upon which life depends. The EPA offers a range of resources on conservation, recycling, hazardous and non-hazardous waste management.


The Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC)

An EPA-sponsored national effort to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently. The RCC consists of partnerships and collaborations with federal, state and local governments; industry organizations; businesses and corporations.

Sustainable Materials Management: The Road Ahead (2009)

sustainableU.S. EPA. 49 pp. How our society uses materials is fundamental to many aspects of our economic and environmental future. If we want the U.S. to be competitive in the world economy, the sustainable use of materials must be our goal. This document presents a roadmap for the future based on materials management — fulfilling human needs and prospering, which using less materials, reducing toxics and recovering more of the materials used.

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