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Medical Waste in Maryland: Alternatives to Incineration

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Publication Date: December 2004

Publisher(s): MaryPIRG

Author(s): Elizabeth Ridlington; Brad Heavner

Funder(s): Abell Foundation; Town Creek Foundation; Clayton Baker Trust

Funder(s): Abell Foundation; Town Creek Foundation; Clayton Baker Trust

Topic: Environment (Pollution and environmental degradation)

Keywords: public health; mercury; air pollution

Type: Report

Coverage: Maryland

Abstract:

Maryland's hospitals and health care facilities annually classify more than 35,000 tons of waste as regulated medical waste that must be sterilized before disposal. Incineration of this waste releases pollution such as mercury and dioxin that imperils public health. Medical Waste in Maryland: Alternatives to Incineration explores opportunities for hospitals to reduce the amount of medical waste they generation and alternatives to burning waste, such as autoclaves and specialized microwaves.