Environmental and Financial Impact of a Hospital Recycling Program
Recycling decreases greenhouse gases emitted from waste disposal, and hospitals can play a part in lessening the effects of global climate change. The purpose of this study was to determine the environmental and financial impact of recycling at a 148-bed acute-care hospital. The study measured the amount of nonhazardous waste generated and disposal costs before and after adding single-stream recycling to its nonhazardous waste disposal practices. Study results show that recycling not only benefits the environment but also saves money.
Keywords: Climate change, environment, financial analysis, recycling, waste management.