The carbon footprint of waste streams in a UK hospital
This article by CSH's Sustainable Surgery Fellow, Chantelle Rizan, and co-authors, provides greenhouse gas emission factors for the different healthcare waste streams in the UK.
- Clinical, anatomical and medicinal waste streams have highest carbon footprint.
- The choice of waste stream has an up to 50-fold impact on the carbon footprint.
- Waste streams with lowest estimated carbon footprint have lowest financial costs.
Chantelle Rizan, Mahmood F.Bhutta, Malcom Reed, Rob Lillywhite. The carbon footprint of waste streams in a UK hospital. Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 286, 1 March 2021, 125446 (available online from 11 Dec 2020)
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