Waste Audits


In a growing number of jurisdictions, waste audits are either recommended or mandatory. For example, establishments within Ontario’s Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sectors (IC&I) must comply with Ontario Regulation 102/94 which requires them to both perform a waste audit and develop a waste reduction work plan. Conducting a waste audit will show you how wasteful your organisation is,how well various waste streams are separated (such as paper, plastic and metal recycling, biomedical, organics, landfill), and the degree to which each may be cross-contaminated. Having the audit results by waste commodity will help you further understand how your organisation purchases and uses products and materials, including the rationale for their choices.

 

Resources

Pre-Acceptance Healthcare Waste Self-Audit Tool

Hospital Waste Audit Manual

Waste Audits Canada

 

Publications

Capoor, MR. & Bhowmik, KT. Current perspectives on biomedical waste management: Rules, conventions and treatment technologies. Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology. 35(2). April 2017. 157-164.

Stall et al. Surgical waste audit of 5 total knee arthroplasties. Canadian Journal of Surgery. 56(2).  April 2013. 97-102.

Almuneef et al. Effective medical waste management: It can be done. American Journal of Infection Control. 31(3). May 2003. 188-192.

Weir, E. Hospitals and the Environment. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 166(3). February 2002. 354. 

Felder et al. A solid waste audit and directions for waste reduction at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Waste Management and Research: The Journal of the International Solid Wastes and Public Cleansing Association. 19(4). August 2001. 354-65.

Escaf, M. & Shurtleff, C. A program for reducing biomedical waste: the Wellesley Hospital experience. The Canadian Journal of Infection Control. 11(1). Spring 1996. 7-11.