The costs vary tremendously region to region, contract to contract (as in
the hospital across the street could be paying more, or less, for the same
service and tonnage to the same incinerator, or other disposal treatment -
even within the same healthcare system). Costs also vary by type of medical
waste facility - doctor offices, veterinarian office, the ports/airports,
clinics, hospitals, funeral homes, etc. and where: rural versus municipal
and distance to disposal facility and landfill.
Then there is the issue of whether or not sharps containers and sputum
canisters are included in the medical waste. Without noting this it is
impossible to do an "apples-to-apples" ton-for-ton comparison.
Having explained things and given no real answer, it is commonly quoted that
medical waste disposal - regardless of the type of technology used to do
this - is 2-3 times (and sometimes more) than disposal of non-regulated
wastes in the USA (regardless of the method of disposal).
on 7/11/00 6:10 PM, Gary Liss at firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>> From: Patricia Imperato <email@example.com>
>> Organization: Pennsylvania Resources Council
>> Can anyone give me information on the range of costs ($/ton) for
>> disposing of medical waste via incineration vs. cost/ton to dispose of
>> MSW via incineration in the Northeast US? Thanks
> Gary Liss
> Fax: 916-652-0485
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