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Table 3 Waste generation. * Includes only the hospital waste types that are generated in studied inpatient units, ** has 12 beds (1 bed per room), *** has 49 beds (23 rooms with 2 beds each and 3 single rooms)

From: Environmental footprint of regular and intensive inpatient care in a large US hospital

  Whole hospital* (kg) Acute care unit, estimated annual, kg (% of hospital total) ICU, estimated annual, kg (% of hospital total) ICU** (kg/bed day) Acute care unit*** (kg/per day)
Red bag waste (kg) 167,883.6 7029.3 (4.19%) 246.4 (0.15%) 0.1 0.5
Recycling (kg) 316,906.8 0.0 (0.00%) 322.4 (0.10%) 0.1 0.0
White bag waste (kg) 1,221,978 67,260.1 (5.50%) 15,755.4 (1.29%) 6.2 4.7
Non-RCRA hazardous pharmaceutical waste (kg) 4940.53 743.1 (15.04%) 533.0 (10.79%) 0.2 0.1
Sharps (kg) 28,367.67 4652.3 (16.40%) 1240.8 (4.37%) 0.5 0.3
Total 1,740,076.6 79,684.7 (4.58%) 18,097.98 (1.04%) 7.1 5.5