Utilization of a waste audit at a community hospital emergency department to quantify waste production and estimate environmental impact

Elsevier, The Journal of Climate Change and Health, Volume 4, 2021, 100041
Sarah Hsu, Swechya Banskota, Winston McCormick, Julia Capacci, Christian Bustamante, Katelyn Moretti, David Wiegn, Kyle Denison Martin

A waste audit can clarify waste composition and inform improvements in waste disposal, thereby decreasing carbon emissions and reducing costs. The purpose of this study was to conduct a waste audit in the Emergency Department of a suburban community hospital to identify waste content, estimate environmental impact and explore avenues for improvement in waste disposal.