Inappropriate disposal of Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) is expensive and inefficient
Only 15% of waste disposed in RMW containers at MGH met criteria for RMW. Eighty-five percent of material in RMW containers could have been transported to a landfill but, instead, was processed using the energy-intensive disposal methods reserved for RMW. Behavioral characteristics are partly responsible for inappropriate use of the RMW containers.
improvements in ED staff knowledge regarding RMW criteria and ED design simplifying RMW bin location could lead to more appropriate disposal.
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