[Pharmwaste] RE: Volume of

Stephen Musson musson_s at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 28 22:15:47 EDT 2007


I would expect the actual weight to be much more.  In a soon to be published study, the University of Florida estimated that just the active pharm ingredients accounted for almost 1/3 of this number.  So I would actually expect this number to be much larger.
   
  As for estimating trucks or landfill space, you need to estimate the density of these materials.  General mixed trash in a landfill is about 1200 lbs/cubic yard.  In a typical 30 cubic yard waste truck it is 600 to 700 lbs/cubic yard. 

   
  
gressitt at uninets.net wrote:
  I'm curious as to the specific source for the 4,600 tons?
Stevan Gressitt, M.D.
207-441-0291
www.mainebenzo.org


> I am starting a pilot take-back program with a local pharmacy and in
> creating the brochure, I was using the following statement "Each year
> approximately 4,600 tons of pharmaceuticals and personal care products
> enter the waste stream."
>
> While this is a very large number, it doesn't give people the visual I was
> hoping for. Most medications are very lightweight and I imagine the
> volume is more impressive than the actual weight. Does anyone know the
> volume of 4,600 tons of pharmaceuticals and personal care products?
>
> I was wondering how many garbage trucks that fills?
> How many football fields?
> Anyone know of something equal volume-wise that people can visualize?
>
> Thanks for your help!
>
> Marta Keane, Recycling Program Specialist
> Will County Land Use - Waste Services
> 58 E. Clinton Street, Suite 500
> Joliet, IL 60432
> 815-774-4343
> mkeane at willcountylanduse.com
> Recycle at home and at work!
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Stevan Gressitt, M.D.
207-441-0291
www.mainebenzo.org

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