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Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB) Project Healthcare Facilities and Hazardous Waste. Fawzi Awad Ramsey County Environmental Health 651-773-4459 Fawzi.awad@co,ramsey.mn.us. The SWMCB Mission.

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solid waste management coordinating board swmcb project healthcare facilities and hazardous waste

Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB) Project Healthcare Facilities and Hazardous Waste

Fawzi Awad

Ramsey County Environmental Health

651-773-4459

Fawzi.awad@co,ramsey.mn.us

the swmcb mission
The SWMCB Mission

The mission of the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB), which serves the metropolitan counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington, is to increase the efficiency and environmental effectiveness of the region’s solid waste management system.

how regulation happens
How Regulation Happens
  • The counties in the SWMCB region are the regulatory agencies.
  • The SWMCB provides a forum for counties to work together to achieve a consistent regulatory approach.
phases of the project
Phases of the Project
  • Phase I:

Reach consensus among SWMCB metropolitan counties and state regulatory agencies

  • Phase II:

Develop a strategy for working with healthcare facilities and other stakeholders to achieve compliance.

  • Phase III:

Develop and implement training and workshops.

what s the problem
What’s the Problem?
  • US Hospitals and Health Care Facilities generate an estimated 2.7 million tons of waste / year
  • Regulations for disposing of hospital waste are confusing
  • Recent EPA crackdown

on non-complying

hospitals

NEW YORK (11/26/03)The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking $64,349 in penalties from the owner and operator of Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J. The EPA cited parent company Atlantic Health System Inc. for violating numerous hazardous waste management requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

type of waste from healthcare facilities
Type of Waste from Healthcare Facilities:
  • Solid Waste
  • Infectious Waste
  • Radioactive Waste
  • Hazardous Waste
common hazardous wastes disposal practices

Hazardous

Waste

Chemo Waste, Solvents,

Lab Waste, Others

Common Hazardous Wastes Disposal Practices

Disposed of as Infectious Waste

Trace Chemo Waste

(-)

Disposed of as Hazardous

Waste

Bulk Chemo Waste

(+)

Recycled in house

Xylene, Formaldehyde

(+)

Discharged into Sewer

most of lab waste

(-)

swmcb approach
SWMCB Approach
  • Get agencies to agree on standards and approach
    • SWMCB Counties
    • Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES)
    • MN Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
    • MN Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
  • Work with industry to inform and educate; also to collaborate on solutions
  • Provide support to industry to come into compliance
project accomplishments
Project Accomplishments
  • Unified approach to standards and enforcement on hazardous waste
    • Fact sheets clarified requirements
    • August 2003 deadline for chemo waste compliance
    • July 2005 deadline for full hazardous waste compliance
  • Tools Developed for Other Wastes
    • Fact Sheets, Assessment Tool, web site references
  • Training Delivered
training program
Training Program
  • Collaboration with Industry: Hospitals Hosted Training
    • United Hospital – 11/28
    • Fairview Ridges Hospital – 11/29
    • North Memorial Hospital – 11/31
  • Strong Response: 161 attendees
  • Cost Effective Effort: SWMCB budgeted $15,000; after Donations and Registration Fees, cost to SWMCB = $3,500
compliance steps
Compliance Steps

Report Phase I wastes on annual report

Report Phase II wastes on annual report

Training

Full compliance

October 2003

January 2004

January 2005

July 2005