Effects of sustainable medical waste management on the environment and human health
CitationSayan, İ. (2019). Effects of Sustainable Medical Waste Management on Environment and Human Health. U. Akküçük içinde, The Circiular Economy and Its Implications on Sustainability and the Green Supply Chain. IGI Global. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-8109-3
ABSTRACT The increase in the number of health institutions, developments in technology, and the use of devices and materials utilized in diagnosis and treatments have increased the types and amount of medical waste. Therefore, it has become a necessity to reduce the health problems, remove the risks that may arise for human health, and protect the environment by effectively managing the medical wastes that are the results of the activities of health institutions. Hazardous medical wastes that harm humans and environmental health are a risk factor for the whole society. For this reason, removal, collection, temporary storage, recycling, transportation, and disposal of medical wastes without harming people and the environment includes technical, administrative, and legal processes. This study summarizes the current literature for sustainable waste management, its relationship to environmental and human health, and international legislation on waste management.