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System Dynamics Model For Hospital Waste Characterisation and Generation in Developing Countries.

Eleyan, D. and Al-Khatib, I.A. and Garfield, Joy (2013) System Dynamics Model For Hospital Waste Characterisation and Generation in Developing Countries. Waste Management & Research, 31 (10). pp. 986-995. ISSN Print: 0734-242X Online: 1096-3669

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Abstract

Waste management policy makers always face the problem of how to predict the future amount and composition of medical solid waste, which in turn will help determine the most appropriate treatment, recycling and disposal strategy. An accurate prediction can assist in both the planning and design of medical solid waste management systems. Insufficient budget and unavailable management capacity are the main reasons for the scarcity of medical solid waste quantities and components historical records, which are so important in long-term system planning and short-term expansion programs. This paper presents a new technique, using system dynamics modelling, to predict generated medical solid waste in a developing urban area, based on a set of limited samples from Jenin District hospitals, Palestine. The findings of the model present the trend of medical solid waste generation together with its different components and indicate that a new forecasting approach may cover a variety of possible causative models and track inevitable uncertainties when traditional statistical least-squared regression methods are unable to handle such issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hospital waste, generation rate, characterization, system dynamics, developing countries
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Joy Garfield
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2014 13:43
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2014 14:15
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/3197

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