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Managing and Minimizing Hospital Waste 

Managing and Minimizing Hospital Waste
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Managing and Minimizing Hospital Waste
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Kathy Gerwig

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199385836.003.0005
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date: 30 May 2020

American hospitals produce more than 2 million tons of waste annually. Much of that waste can be better segregated, and much of it can be recycled or reused. Environmental consequences of hospital waste disposal can include the release of toxic pollutants including dioxin, and impacts on climate change.Waste is a major cost in health care, and better management reduces both costs and environmental impacts.

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