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Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2021.
A waste audit of Superior Dental Health of Lincoln was conducted in order to propagate the implementation of sustainable waste management practices within the company. Differentiating between hazardous waste and solid waste is necessary for environmentally friendly waste management and ceasing the spread of infectious pathogens. The audit identified nine different materials contributing to the biomedical waste stream of the company. Of which, personal protective equipment (PPE) is of major concern due to the financial commitment necessary to acquire / dispose of these products, as well as the strain in supply due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The results of the audit conclude paper and plastic products constituted the majority of waste produced by SDH, while the contribution of gloves and masks classified as PPE was less significant.