Critical Review Of Biohazardous Waste And The Environment

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Biohazardous Waste and The Environment Review of The Literature Gerdy H. Carballo-Perez Miami Dade College September 19, 2017 Author Note This paper was prepared for SPC1017, Ref #10028, & taught by Professor Santelises Biohazardous Waste and The Environment Review of the Literature Have you ever stopped to think about the monumental amount of waste we as a species produce annually? All the plastic bags, water bottles and wrappers we utilize and then throw away seems to add up surprisingly fast, and even more so when we look at more and more groups of people. I personally do my best to avoid creating waste, but I can’t help but to balk at the alarming amount of garbage, namely plastic, that I dispose of daily without ever giving it…show more content…
Although it is widely available and has countless uses, its resistance to degradation and natural weathering means it takes hundreds of years to decompose in landfills. Hospitals regularly use various types of plastic, in all forms, shapes, and sizes. While relatively inexpensive and rather useful, the large amount of plastic waste that a hospital produces can truly add up. Other than recycling, the best way to deal with this problem is to implement environmentally friendly plastics into our facilities. One such type of plastic goes by the name “Bioplastics,” which is synthesized using sugars derived from plants (Washam, 2010). As published by Cynthia Washam in the journal article, “Plastics Go Green,” “Bioplastics are made by converting the sugar present in plants into plastic. In the United States, that sugar comes from corn. Other countries use sugar cane, sugar beets, wheat, or potatoes. This makes bioplastics renewable and better for the environment than conventional plastics” (2010). Replacing This both renewable and eco-friendly material can be a godsend when battling plastic pollution, as it can even be used as compost when it is disposed of. This means that instead of tossing out lunch trays and bottles, we could donate them to a community garden for composting, which will reduce our waste disposal costs, as well as help improve our

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