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Phoenix Medical Waste Disposal LCA

Abstract This study aims to quantify the environmental impacts of a hospital’s daily BMW disposal in the Phoenix, Arizona area. The sole option to dispose of BMW in Arizona is to sterilize the waste by sending it through an autoclave, and then dispose the sterilized waste in a landfill. This study used a Phoenix area hospital to create a start point for the waste and a general estimation of how much BMW the hospital disposes of. The system boundary for the LCA includes BMW generated at the Phoenix-area Hospital as it is travels to Stericycle, where it is autoclaved, and then transported to a landfill for disposal. The results of this retrospective, end-of-life LCA using this boundary enables hospital employees and policy makers to understand the env... (more)
Created Date 2014-06-13
Contributor Inskeep, Jaimi (Author) / Pashouwer, Jera (Author) / Peige, Katie (Author) / Watson, Mathew (Author)
Series Course Project Report Series
Identifier Stock Number: ASU-SSEBE-CESEM-2014-CPR-007
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Collaborating Institutions School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) / Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management
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