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Gundersen Lutheran’s Chemo Waste Separation Poster

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  • Gundersen
A visual guide to Gundersen Lutheran's waste separation process.

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Choosing environmentally preferable food service ware: Reusable, sustainable, and bio-based products

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  • Food
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Sustainable food service operations
  • Waste
  • Guide
(Health Care Without Harm) To assist health care purchasers in choosing environmentally preferable food service ware, Health Care Without Harm has created this guide for food service ware materials, including a survey for manufacturers.

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Composting: Frequently asked questions

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  • Compost
  • Composting
  • food waste
  • Frequently asked questions
What is composting? Compost is created from the decomposition of landscape and food wastes. In a finished product, it is a dark, crumbly and earthy-smelling material that appears similar to soil. Composting provides institutions with a method to dispose of a large portion of these waste streams in a way that benefits their bottom line and the environment. By composting, an institution avoids…

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How your state regulates red bag waste

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  • Medical Waste
Regulated medical waste (RMW) is regulated at the state level, with each state defining what material is legally considered to be RMW (also called infectious waste, biohazardous waste or special medical waste (depending on the state) within its borders. The state regulation also typically lays out the appropriate or acceptable treatment or disinfection methods for different classes of medical…

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Hazardous waste characterization

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  • Medical Waste
  • Hazardous and universal waste
  • Guide
Framework for the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act It is important to know the correct classification of all of the organization's waste, as different sets of rules will apply to the facility depending on the total amounts of each type of hazardous waste generated per year. Large quantity generators (LQGs) operate under more stringent rules and more comprehensive reporting requirements…

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Pharmaceutical waste background

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  • Pharmaceutical Waste
  • Guide
Increased awareness around the presence of pharmaceuticals in drinking water has resulted in closer scrutiny and increased regulatory oversight of pharmaceutical waste.  Evidence of feminization of fish raised a red flag and resulted in more studies, closer scrutiny, and concern for human health and the environment.  The U.S. Geological Survey has done extensive work to characterize the kinds…

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Medical waste treatment and disposal

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  • Medical Waste
The main task of a regulated treatment system is to render the waste noninfectious. The technical means to disinfect medical waste has existed for a long time. Incineration was once the method of choice for dealing with medical waste, and many hospitals burned their waste on site. But it gradually became clear that, while protecting the public from infection, hospitals using onsite incinerators…

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Typical categories of medical waste

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  • Medical Waste
Here are the typical categories of medical waste and details regarding state-regulated treatment.   

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Reducing medical waste presentation

  • Climate and Health
  • Waste
  • Less Waste
  • Regulated medical waste
  • Presentation
  • Medical Waste
  • Toolkit
(Less waste toolkit) Sustainability encompasses many topics and the list grows all the time as we find new ways to connect health and the environment. One of the key areas is waste management, minimization, and recycling. This presentation details how a hospital can reduce regulated medical waste.   

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Food waste calculation sheet

  • Food
  • Less Food to Landfill
  • Tool
  • food waste
  • Waste
To determine the total pounds of food waste generated annually, you first need to determine the estimated amount of food waste generated per day and then multiply by 365 to get annual total. Use this spreadsheet to auto-calculate this value. 

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