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It is estimated that in 2010-11 Victorian public healthcare services generated some 42,000 tonnes of solid waste. Around 8,600 tonnes of this was recycled, 4,300 tonnes was clinical waste and the remainder was classified as general waste. The cost of disposing this waste was close to $17 million, of which two-thirds was for the treatment and disposal of clinical waste.

The growth of health service activity is likely to lead to increased levels of waste generation and by 2021-22 it is forecast that Victorian public healthcare services could be generating as much as 52,000 tonnes of solid waste per annum.

Effective management of waste provides opportunities to reduce operational costs, the environmental impacts of an organisation as well as reducing risks to staff and patients. The Department of Health has prepared a number of waste management tools to assist healthcare services effectively manage their waste.

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