What is the hardest thing for hospitals to dispose of in a green manner?



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    Biomedical wastes have the potential to spread infection and are regulated differently than hazardous waste. Hazardous wastes should not be put in the biomedical waste container. Blood or Body Fluid-saturated Wastes. Items saturated with blood or body fluids must be handled by a biomedical waste disposal company. Blood-saturated items are those in which the blood is not dried or fully absorbed, but has the potential to drip.

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    Hospitals are a hard place to decrease waste stream, since so many objects are contaminated. Here is great article which talks about ways that hospitals are attempting to go green: http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/India/Electricity.html. This includes with lighting, design, and energy sources.

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    “Medical Waste or Red Bag Waste is generally defined as any solid waste that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or in the production or testing of biologicals.” Red Bag Waste includes soiled or blood-soaked bandages culture dishes and other glassware discarded surgical gloves – after surgery discarded surgical instruments – scalpels needles – used to give shots or draw blood cultures, stocks, swabs used to innoculate cultures removed body organs – tonsils, appendices, limbs. Lancets, the little blades the doctor pricks your finger with to get a drop of blood are also considered red bag waste.

    Red Bag Waste materials are usually landfilled or recycled after sterilization, or incinerated. But the important thing to take note of is that the cost of infectious waste disposal is very high. In addition to this, wastewater produced by incinerator scrubbers can contain
    significant amounts of metals. It seems that the one partial solution to
    this problem is to minimize the amount of infectious waste generated throughout the hospital.
    or medical facility

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    Bandages are not biodegradable and are certainly not reusable. No matter where you throw them away, or how, they sit in the ground for decades before finally decomposing.  

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