4th DIMENSION ENERGY
MEDICAL WASTE TO ENERGY PLATFORM
(1998 estimation) Solid waste generated per person per day in hospital facilities has been estimated to range from 10 to 25 pounds, of
which approximately 10-15% is classified as “infectious” under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines The annual rate of
growth in the volume of medical waste generated is estimated to be 7-10%.
Estimated that the costs associated with removal of the 465,000 tons of medical waste generated annually in the United States are
approximately $1 billion (1998 report) EPA estimates that the costs for a comprehensive medical waste tracking system are an
additional 8 cents per pound. A figure disputed by the American Hospital Association, which estimates such costs at an additional 28 to
58 cents per pound
Most common methods of treating medical waste are incineration, and autoclaving.
Costs approximately 10 to 15 cents per pound of medical waste – 1998 estimation - (does not include costs associated with new
environmental clean act measures)
Incineration is expensive and prices are going up
regulation, and public pressure will pave the way for more environmental friendly technologies.
Skyrocketing fuel costs, and class action lawsuits associated with incineration process will ensure that the prices will continue to rise.