Hospital Solid Waste Management: A Case Study

by Damodar S. Airan, (A.M.ASCE), Exec. Vice Pres.; Airan Consultants, Inc., Coral Gables, Fla.,
Daniel T. McMurray, Asst. Administrator; St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg, Fla.,
Lalita D. Airan, Pres.; Airan Consultants, Inc., Coral Gables, Fla.,
John H. Bell, Asst. Vice Pres.; Airan Consultants, Inc., Coral Gables, Fla.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 4, Pg. 741-755

Document Type: Journal Paper


Solid waste management practices at a 335-bed hospital were studied, and alternative procedures to improve the solid waste system were analyzed. Solid waste quantities from individual units were determined. Alternatives considered included: (1)Compaction of noncontaminated waste with incineration of remaining contaminated waste; (2)incineration of entire wasteload; (3)pneumatic collection with incineration of entire wasteload; and (4)wet-pulping with discharge to the sewer system. Evaluation of alternatives considered environmental (safety, etc.) and economic factors. Incineration of entire wasteload without pneumatic collection was recommended.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Incineration | Health care facilities | Solid mechanics | Solid wastes | Waste management | System analysis | Economic factors

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