Health Care Context:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that for nonresidential construction, the average waste generation rate is 4.34 pounds per square foot (US EPA). For a 250,000 square foot medical facility, that equals nearly 1.1 million pounds of construction and demolition waste (Medical Construction and Design). By reclaiming or recycling materials like drywall, asphalt, shingles, metal, and cardboard, waste disposal and transportation emissions as well as demand for raw material can be reduced (American College of Physicians).
American College of Physicians. Reduce Waste.
United States Environmental Protection Agency. Estimating 2003 Building-Related Construction and Demolition Materials Amounts
Medical Construction & Design. Recycle, Reuse: Today’s waste diversion efforts in healthcare construction save green.