What to do with medical waste?
As a design student researching environmental policy and the possibility of sustainable design, I've become fascinated with the ideas surrounding cradle to cradle design, waste not being used as waste, but as business capital, and trying to investigate the possibilities and irregularities surrounding compensation when these theories are not applied and human and environmental damage occurs as a result.
My question surrounds the process of medical waste incineration. Less than 2 miles from my home town, a Scottish village, Healthcare Environmental have been granted planning permission to open a plant, the people attempted to stop this, however, were overpowered by the company's lawyers and it is, unfortunately going ahead.
What are your opinions on the use of incineration to destroy medical waste in general? What are your opinions on incinerating waste in such close proximity to local villages? Can you think of any way to use medical waste in another process?
Any opinions/thoughts/comments will be welcome.