Introduction to Green Buildings

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Green building refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. Major Benefits Green buildings offer widespread benefits to a number of building industry stakeholders, including building occupants and society as a whole. Green buildings typically incorporate […]

How to Double Your Car’s Fuel Economy

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Are you getting fed up with keep pulling to a petrol station? Are you scared to get on your automobile because of fuel expenses? Do you want to help the environment by running your auto efficiently? Reducing fuel consumption is easier than you think. The best part of it is that when you discover the […]

An Easy Guide to Shale Gas

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All else being equal, is fracking something we should welcome? Advocates of shale gas present it as ushering in a new age of cheap energy and increased self-sufficiency. But is it really going to be economically beneficial and will it reduce our utility bills? Is it ethical and sustainable? Let us look at exactly what […]

Global Warming and the Common Man

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Everybody is worried about climate change. It’s just that a fair proportion is convinced it is a natural phenomenon, nothing to do with human activities. When a significant number of individuals see global warming this way a lot of energy can go out of the window in arguing over who is right – energy that […]

Interfaith Dialogue at Cairo Climate Talks

“Pollution and global warming pose an even greater threat than war,” stated Egypt’s German Ambassador H.E. Julius Georg Luy, as he opened the 41st round of Cairo Climate Talks on June 27, 2016. “And,” he added, “the fight to preserve the environment could be the most positive way of bringing humanity together.” Expressing a heartfelt […]

Wastes from Leather Tanning

Tanning refers to the process by which collagen fibers in a hide react with a chemical agent (tannin, alum or other chemicals). However, the term leather tanning also commonly refers to the entire leather-making process. Hides and skins have the ability to absorb tannic acid and other chemical substances that prevent them from decaying, make […]

Recycling of Fluorescent Lamps

An analysis of the lighting industry shows a trend shifting from the usage of incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs (also known as Compact Fluorescent Lamp or CFL). Incandescent bulbs use more fossil fuel energy, are more costly and are less effective than fluorescent bulbs, in the amount of artificial light they produce as fluorescents produce […]

The Debate on Banning Plastic Bags in Africa

Africa, the continent with the least commitment to creating an environmental haven still hangs with an ongoing debate on plastic bags. This running debate circles around whether or not to ban plastics on the entire continent. For this to happen, it would take 54 different governments to pass a plastic bag bill in each of […]

Business, Customers and Going Green

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In the contemporary business landscape, green businesses, also known as sustainable businesses, are defined as organizations with minimal negative impact on community, society, economy or environment. The most important initiative of green oriented businesses is to decrease or completely eliminate environmental harm caused by production and consumption of their products. Usually, green businesses have progressive […]

Art from Trash

Recycling is a process of using a second hand product to create a new output that makes sense and a good use of it by using our creativity whereas art is a form of using our imagination and creativity to create an object with a hidden or direct message to the public or the viewers […]

8 Benefits of an Eco-Friendly House

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The world all around you is going eco-friendly. The term may befuddle you at first and make you question how the houses you’re currently living in could be dangerous for the environment. The answer lies in one word: energy. Everything you use and see is somehow a form of energy. The main objective of an […]

The Best Examples of How Businesses Are Paying More Attention to the Environment

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Global business has a big impact on the environment. Over the decades and centuries, the environment has been abused in all kinds of ways, but that could be beginning to change. These days, it’s possible to see examples of how the business community is paying more attention to the environment if you look closely. Here […]

Recycled uPVC – A New Window of Opportunity

Eco-conscious consumers in the United Kingdom have a new environmentally friendly option for replacing the windows in their home. Recycled uPVC (or unplasticized PVC) is durable, energy efficient and recyclable, making it an environmentally responsible choice of material for anyone who needs new windows. Read on to learn more about the benefits that recycled uPVC […]

Dealing with Mercury Spill

Mercury finds widespread use in medical devices, industrial instruments, lighting etc. The most common applications are in high-pressure sodium lamps and fluorescent bulbs, thermostats, spent batteries, sphygmomanometers, thermometers and dental amalgams. More mercury going to landfills The amount of mercury going into landfills is increasing every year because of the growing use of mercury-based healthcare, […]

Promoting Environmental Awareness through Environmental Media: A Project in Palestine

Palestine has a full membership in the UNFCCC and has recently signed Paris Agreement on climate change along with many other countries. This requires Palestine and its Environmental Quality Authority (EQA) to implement the agreements and conventions of UNFCCC on climate change and other environmental issues. In the coming few years, Palestine needs support to […]

Climate Variability and its Causes

Earth’s climate has always been affected by a range of natural factors. It is known to have changed significantly during recorded history, even before gaseous emissions from human activity could have posed any significant threat to atmospheric or climatic conditions. Natural climate variability can arise from natural forcing mechanism which includes both internal oscillations and […]

Trends in Energy Management

Managing and reducing energy consumption not only saves money but also helps in mitigating climate change and enhancing corporate reputation. The primary objective of energy management is to achieve and maintain optimum energy procurement and utilization  throughout the organisation which may help in minimizing energy costs and mitigating environmental effects. Infact, energy management is widely acknowledged as the best solution […]

OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign

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In October of 2016, One More Generation founders Olivia (14) and her brother Carter (15.5) launched their global OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign in an effort to help clean up our environment and educate people on the harms of using single use plastic straws. Some interesting facts: Did you know that in America, we are using an […]

Negative Effects of Industrialization

When exploration of crude oil, coal mining occurs and burning of fossil fuels there is an increase in atmospheric carbon which is higher than natural sedimentation of Carbon as observed in industrialized nations.  In the last two and a half centuries, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased by one third. Ecosystems which were a […]

Lebanon Climate Act

Lebanon Climate Act is being organized in line with its INDC, country’s climate change engagement at COP21. Lebanon’s INDC is the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution where Lebanon has publicly outlined what climate actions it intends to take under a new international agreement by 2030, and has mainly set a target of 15% CO2 emissions reduction […]

Eco-friendly Ways of Controlling Pests

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Do you have a pest problem that you need to control, but do not wish to resort to traditional chemical treatments out of concern for children, pets, or employees? Eco-friendly pest control treatments offers a safe alternative to harsh chemical treatments. These FDA approved natural pesticides have been proven to be just as effective as […]

Environmental Footprint of the Sochi Olympics

The upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi is notorious for various controversies and scandals involving corruption and environmental violations. Gay rights activists discourage people from attending the event, whereas environmental activists highlight the fact that the country is destroying the nature of the region to build the ambitious Olympic projects. Local residents have suffered through rounds […]

Environmental Impacts Of Globalization

Globalization was meant to change the world– and it did. The founding idea of globalization is that no country should be restricted to their own borders; that the world is part of a large community rather than restricted to small countries. Globalization aimed to take borders down, to unite everyone, to make us all citizens […]

Little Eco-Hero from Abu Dhabi

Abdul Muqeet, also known as the Paper Bag Boy, has risen from being just another ordinary student to an extra-ordinary environmentalist. At just ten years old, Abdul Muqeet has demonstrated his commitment to saving the environment in United Arab Emirates and elsewhere. Inspired by the 2010 campaign “UAE Free of Plastic Bags”, Abdul Muqeet, a student […]

A Chat with Paper Bag Boy

Abdul Muqeet, also known as the Paper Bag Boy, has risen from being just another ordinary boy to an extraordinary environmentalist spearheading the fight against climate change in United Arab Emirates. Ten-year old Abdul Muqeet has demonstrated remarkable commitment to saving the environment and has won numerous awards including the prestigious Abu Dhabi Award. Here he […]

Chasing Green in India

A consumer survey on people’s perceptions of green brands and corporate social responsibility shows that 64% of Indian consumers plan to spend more on green products. More importantly, nearly 48 % of Indian consumers said they were willing to spend over 10% more on a product simply because it is green. By defying what the consumer […]

This Is How We Make Healthcare More Sustainable

These days, we all know just how important it is to try and lead eco-friendly and green lives. There have been countless campaigns ran by various organizations to try and persuade families to choose the environmentally friendly options. You know the kinds of things that help us lead eco-friendly lives; things such as choosing an […]

Talking Green: An Interview with Vandana Shiva

I met Vandana Shiva in the airport. When the automatic sliding doors at the arrivals gate revealed her luggage cart and her orange sari, I half expected a beam of light to illuminate her, such is the legend that surrounds her. Of course none did because Vandana Shiva is just a human being and not a saint. […]

EcoMENA Wins Top International Award for Environmental Awareness

EcoMENA, a Qatari non-profit environmental organization, has won the National Energy Globe Award 2017, one of the most prestigious environmental prizes worldwide. The award is in recognition of the environmental awareness and conservation efforts initiated by EcoMENA through an innovative community-based knowledge dissemination project focussed on the entire MENA region. The award is presented by […]

Enumerating Benefits of Solar Panels

Solar panels use solar energy; this provides renewable energy produced from the sun. The rays of the sun can be utilised in different ways such as cooking food, production of water,to enhance agricultural areas and can be converted into electricity. The conversion of light to electricity by using photoelectric effects requires a device such as […]

Rationale for Recycling Lead-Acid Batteries

Lead-acid storage batteries (LABs) are widely used on a mass-scale in all parts of the world.  They act as power sources in a wide-range of equipment and appliances used by households, commerce and industry. LABs finds application in all modes of modern transport including cars, trucks, buses, boats, trains, rapid mass-transit systems, recreational vehicles etc. […]

India Ripple Academy Learning Lab: Empowering Women for Environmental Protection

India Ripple Academy Learning Lab is a 3-day workshop about the power of women leaders to transform environmental crises into solutions. The India Ripple Academy Learning Lab offers a unique forum for discussion, training, and celebration with grassroots women leaders who are protecting our earth and empowering communities. India Ripple Academy Learning Lab Our goal […]

Making Sense of Sustainability

Sustainability is a buzzword that people associate to in many ways. For some it is a state of self-actualisation, a fashion statement for few, some do it for regulatory purposes; whereas very few understand that it is key to survival. The capitalist world has been running a race to doomsday, and the day is not […]

Introduction to Mediterranean Youth Climate Network (MYCN)

Mediterranean region is highly vulnerable region to climate change impacts. Its land is being transformed into a desert and water stress is at an all-time high. Since we are all facing these challenges and threats, we decided on working to change climate change. We are working on raising environmental awareness and causing behavioral changes. The […]

A Glance at EEG Cleanup Campaign 2018

The amount of waste produced each year is increasing due to which the demand for efficient waste management is rising. Approximately UAE produces 29 million tons of waste each year. Although the government has various municipalities to deal with it, a vast amount of waste continues to accumulate in the UAE deserts. This mainly is […]

Environment-Friendly Business Practices You Can Apply Today

If you run a business, then you must always look for ways that you can boost your profits and cut cost. In addition to this, there is an increasing social pressure to assume environmentally sound operations. There are several easy-to-implement environment-friendly business practices that you consider in order to reduce environmental impact, boost brand image, […]

Evolution of International Environmental Law

Protection of environment has become a major part of international law. International environmental law is developed between sovereign states to develop standards at the international level and provide obligation for state including their behaviour in international environmental matters. International law is created by collective actions of nearly 200 countries around the word, which is not […]

The Benefits of Switching to Reusable Water Bottles

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How would you like an extra $1,800 a year? That’s how much you could save by using a reusable water bottle instead of buying disposable ones for the recommended amount of eight glasses of water a day. Though that is a great benefit, the advantages to the environment and your health are even better. For […]

Hazardous Wastes in UAE

Major hazardous waste streams in UAE are Petrochemical waste, Medical Waste, and e-Waste. To avoid hazardous waste export the cash rich government owned petrochemical companies have established centralised treatment facility. Centre for Waste Management (CWM) has established treatment facilities for Medical Waste Incineration, Engine Oil treatment, Tyre Shredding through PPP business model. Government is encouraging […]

The Top Three Reasons Why We Are Failing To Take Care Of The Planet

Aside from a select few, it’s safe to say that most people are aware of the importance of being eco-friendly. The global warming and renewable energy crisis is already starting to hit hard, and the issue has been well-publicized in the media as of late. But even with this knowledge, many of us still don’t […]

A Room By Room Guide To Having An Eco-Friendly Home

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We all need to do our bit to protect the environment, and by visiting our website, you will pick up a lot of ideas on how you can go green. This includes going eco-friendly at home. From practical everyday habits to home renovations, you can save money while saving the world. In this room-by-room guide, […]

How Homeowners Save Money and the Environment

Caring for the Earth is a responsibility that all people share. One of the main advantages that comes with caring for the Earth is that you can also save some money. There are several things that homeowners can do today that can help them to save money when they are looking to make their homes […]

Houston’s Concern over Toxic Seepage Due to Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has caused widespread destruction along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. The flooding, rainfall and winds have damaged homes, businesses, schools and infrastructure. Hurricane Harvey has caused damage to the area’s many petrochemical plants used in the oil and natural gas industry, as well as in manufacturing consumer products. The chemicals used in […]

How Going Green Will Boost Your Business In More Ways Than One

As our society embraces a deeper concern for the environment, more businesses are being called upon to grow green. Either through government regulations, or through consumer pressure, businesses are urged to make eco-friendly changes to the way they operate. While this is often seen as a hindrance by business owners, there are actually many benefits […]

Care About The Environment? 5 Things To Change About Your Home

Are you the kind of person who considers yourself to be a bit of an environmentalist? You may very well care about the environment, but if you’re not doing the following things, your home could be more damaging to the environment than it is helping. Start by doing the following 5 things and you will […]

Clean Energy Prospects in GCC

The GCC energy sector has played and will continue to play an important role in the regional as well as global economy. The oil and gas sector is the largest economic sector in the region. In addition to satisfying energy needs for economic and social development, it is the source of oil and gas export […]

Hazards of Olive Oil Wastes

The olive oil industry offers valuable opportunities to farmers in terms of seasonal employment as well as significant employment to the off-farm milling and processing industry.  While this industry has significant economic benefits in regards to profit and jobs; the downside is it leads to severe environmental harm and degradation. Sources of Wastes Currently, there […]

Sustainable Mena: Gateway to Green Technologies, Products and Services in MENA

Goumbook is proud to present their latest project, Sustainable Mena, a unique platform dedicated to promote Sustainability and Sustainable Development in the Middle East and North Africa region. It is an online information tool that helps source green products, services and materials through its unique Green Directory. The aim is to help manufacturers, retailers and consumers […]

Sewage Lake of Jeddah

Jeddah, one of the largest cities in Saudi Arabia, has more than three million residents. The estimated water  use is 200 liters per capita per day. Typically, 80% of potable water used  for municipal purposes returns to the environment as wastewater. Since  85% of Jeddah is not connected to sewerage pipelines, wastewater accumulates in underground cesspools […]

Why Businesses Should Recycle Waste Responsibly

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Should businesses really practice waste recycling, especially responsible waste disposal? Definitely. And for two very good reasons: it’s good for the environment, and it’s great for business. Responsible waste management, then, is a win-win situation for businesses because it make the world environment-friendly and it generates more money for businesses. First, though, let’s consider what happens without […]

A Primer on Carbon Footprinting

With rising awareness of global warming and effects of emissions on the environment, businesses and individuals alike are rising to tackle environmental challenges. Carbon footprinting, the first step to reduce carbon emissions, is the total set of greenhouse gas emissions caused directly or indirectly by an individual, organization, event or product. The main reason for […]

Green Business and the Middle East

With growing awareness among consumers for eco-friendly products, it is becoming highly important for businesses in the Middle East to adopt and implement green strategies. It is not only the requirement of customers but also compliance to regulations and reduction in operating costs that drive the implementation of environment-friendly methods in business. Corporate social responsibility (or […]

A Glance at Drilling Wastes Management

Drilling waste management technologies and practices can be grouped into three major categories: minimization, recycle/reuse, and disposal. During the exploration and production of oil, huge amounts of drilling wastes are produced in the form of mud and cuttings. As per conservative estimates, around 0.37 kg of drilling wastes is generated for every barrel of oil […]

5 Steps to Generate Social Entrepreneurship Ideas

Social entrepreneurship, as the name suggests, means a business associated/started for a social cause. The intention of social entrepreneurs is to combine business and the social cause in a way to bring in the change for the affected people. Success, in social entrepreneurship, is defined differently from normal entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs are ambitious individuals who […]

5 Burning Questions to Ask Your Solar Power Provider in Sydney

Homeowners are beginning to pay more attention to how they fuel their homes and solar power is the leading choice of renewable energy for most Australians. However, as with any major decision about your property, you shouldn’t just jump in without doing some research first. It’s important to understand the work you want to be […]

Management of Electronic Wastes

Electronic waste (or e-waste) is the fastest growing waste stream, and its disposal is a major environmental concern in all parts of the world, especially developing countries. More than 50 million tons of e-waste is generated every year with major fraction finding its way to landfills and dumpsites. In rich countries, e-waste comprises as much […]

Ad Lansink and the Making of Waste Hierarchy

How are ladders, the Royal Dutch Football Association and the Christian concept of humanity’s stewardship of the planet connected with the creation of one of waste management’s best explanatory tools? The answer can be found in the life story of Ad Lansink. You may not have heard of him – he is little known outside […]

Say Bye to Plastic Bags

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Plastic bags have transformed people’s life in more ways than one, however its disposal has become a herculean challenge for governments, urban planners, municipalities and waste management companies. Every year the world is consuming around one trillion plastic bags and one million plastic bags per day. In the United States, 100 billion plastic bags are being […]

Business Ideas For Eco-Friendly Entrepreneurs

The environment will always be of great importance to us, hence why many entrepreneurs are now looking for green business ideas that are both beneficial to their careers yet also the planet. Many people are now taking advantage of “green” businesses in order to attract more customers and make a statement to the industry. To […]

Green Practices for the Construction Industry

A greater public awareness of the environmental impact of the construction industry and a growing sense of protecting our natural resources are the key reasons for the clamor to raise environmental standards, regulations and best practices in the industry. Because of this, companies involved in any type of construction, whether it is for a home, […]

Synergies between Women and Environment

Women and the environment are closely interlinked, throughout history, different nations glorified women as powerful symbols of nature, and nature has always been given the female characteristics: care, reproduction and life-giving. However, women’s involvement in the preservation of the environment has seldom been recognized and documented in world history. One of the most significant phenomena in […]

Penguins and Global Warming

The Antarctic Peninsula is among the region that is warming the fastest and the melting of its glaciers is contributing to global sea level rise. The rise in global temperature is threatening the existence of one of the most popular symbols of Antarctica – the penguin. The environmental conservation group WWF has warned that rising […]

Smart Cities Have To Be Clean Cities

Our cities are becoming smart cities every day, but unless our cities are clean and litter-free, we are going to face massive problems. Globally there are over 1.5 Billion Unsecured wheelie bins, these bins are massively concentrated in cities. Wheelie bins are a prominent cause behind litter pollution and are responsible for many environmental and […]

Five Environment-Friendly Cleaners To Clean The Bathroom

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Global warming effects bring a broad awareness to millions of folks around the world. Due to its severe effects on mother nature, a new perspective about harmful products that add to the cause of it emerges. Over the years there is an increase of toxic waste coming from everyday home products such as kitchen and […]

Environment in Islamic Teachings

Environment protection is an important aspect of Islam. Being stewards of the Earth, it is the responsibility of Muslims to care for the environment in a proactive manner. There is a definite purpose behind the creation of different species, be it plants or animals. Protection of the environment is essential to Islamic beliefs and mankind has […]

Climate Change and Penguins

The Antarctic Peninsula is among the region that is warming the fastest and the melting of its glaciers is contributing to global sea level rise. The rise in global temperature is threatening the existence of one of the most popular symbols of Antarctica – the penguin. The environmental conservation group WWF has warned that rising […]

Hazards of Farm Run-Offs

Living near a farm is a dream come true for many people. Few things are as charming as waking up in the morning to the peace, tranquility, and beauty that country living offers. But there is also a downside to living near a farm: pesticide-ridden rain run-off that can affect your drinking supply and your […]

Reinventing Business Cards: Environmental Perspectives

Each year 100 billion business cards are produced worldwide leading to the potential loss of approaching 6 million trees. Perhaps more shocking is the fact that within a week after receiving a business card, almost 90% of them are thrown away. Some of these cards will be recycled, but many will find their way into […]

Clean Energy Initiatives of African Development Bank

Africa has huge renewable energy potential with some of the world’s largest concentration of alternative energy resources in the form of solar, wind, hydro, and energy. Overall, 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are in the top-33 countries worldwide with combined reserves of solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal energy far exceeding annual consumption. Most of the […]

Start With Yourself – An Short Environmental Film by AYCM Palestine

Start With Yourself, is short environmental film prepared by Arab Youth Climate Movement AYCM – Palestine within the ” Promoting Environmental Awareness through Environmental Media” project funded by Heinrich Böll Stiftung Palestine & Jordan. Environmental media made the public to engage in planning and decision-making process and that public participation in the environmental dialogue lead […]

Unending Benefits of Indoor Gardening

Plants are associated with a good and positive vibrancy and thus having them inside the enclosure is sure to be a positive influence. Lots of benefits are associated with indoor plants, health in particular. There are a lot of plants that can be grown indoors, but make it a point to care for them because […]

Going Green: How It Can Benefit Your Life

Despite warnings about global warming and the effect our actions have on the environment, many people still refuse to go green! Why? Perhaps it’s laziness. Why go through the hassle of recycling when you can throw everything into one garbage bag? Some people may refuse to accept scientific reports about climate change and pollution, or […]

Going Greener In Your Everyday Life

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The big concern of our lifetime is the environment. Everything else is mumbo-jumbo in comparison because, without a habitable world, nothing else can exist. Forget politics, economics, business, social structuring, anthropology; everything falls short in comparison to the importance of the environment. With billions of people now living on this earth, it is more important […]

Top Reasons to Purchase Hybrid Cars

When you’re made to choose between buying a hybrid car and a normal car, you’d probably by the latter. Reasons could be that hybrid cars “might” be more expensive than normal cars, while for others changing preferences with a usual car to a hybrid one is like changing your views and might end up choosing […]

Green Roofs – Catalyst for Sustainable Urbanism

Green roofs can provide a wide range of benefits to urban communities interested in enhancement and protection of their environment. Some of the most important merits of green roofs are reduction in energy use, decrease in air pollution, improved water quality, enhanced stormwater management and decreasing heat island effect. Stormwater Management According to a USEPA study, […]

CDM Prospects in Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa region is highly susceptible to climate change, on account of its water scarcity, high dependence on climate-sensitive agriculture, concentration of population and economic activity in urban coastal zones, and the presence of conflict-affected areas. Moreover, the region is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions on account […]

Anaerobic Digestion and Rural Development

The rural population of developing countries exhibit unique resource optimization capabilities as compared to urban populations. Tracts of land are cultivated and cattle are reared and the produce is sold off in the market or consumed. The wastes generated from crop cultivation and rearing animals are also utilised domestically. While the dung of animals is […]

Harmful Effects of Healthcare Wastes

There has been a growing awareness of the need for safe management of healthcare waste all over the world. Healthcare wastes which pose the greatest risk to human health are infectious waste (or biomedical waste) which constitutes 15 – 25 percent of total healthcare waste. Infectious wastes may include all waste items that are contaminated […]