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Publication Date

January 2010

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Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition


Americans generate over 250 million tons of municipal solid waste (trash) each year, with institutional facilities such as hospitals accounting for up to 45% of this waste. Solid waste diversion, through recycling and composting, decreases the waste sent to landfills. The objective of this feasibility study was to implement an integrated solid waste diversion program at a conventional cook–serve kitchen for a 250-bed hospital. The waste diversion program resulted in 1390 pounds of organic matter and recycling being diverted from landfills over 5 days. It is estimated that the continuing program will reduce landfill waste by 51 tons annually.


This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 2010 in Volume 5, Issue 3. Find the published version of this article at this link.
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