The Socio-Economic, Institutional and Environmental Influences on Sustainable Waste Management Practices in the Healthcare Setting: A UK Case Study

By Terry L. Tudor.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This paper is concerned with an examination of the key socio-economic, institutional and environmental factors that influence sustainable waste management within an organisational setting. The case study employed an ethnographic study and a quantitative survey of employees in the Cornwall National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom (UK) . The results suggest that socio-economic and institutional factors act as major drivers for the incorporation of sustainability in the sustainable management of waste. Alternatively, environmental drivers did not play a key role. Based on these findings a number of recommendations for improved incorporation of sustainability are included in the paper. With the increasing importance of more sustainable environmental management practices, the results of this study should greatly enhance the development of policies and programmes for improved sustainability within both public and private sector organisations.

Keywords: Sustainable Waste Management, Enviromental Behaviour, Cornwall NHS, Organisational Change Management

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.41-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 617.461KB).

Dr Terry L. Tudor

Research Fellow, Applied Sciences, University of Northampton, Northampton, UK

I am a Research Fellow in the SITA Centre for Sustainable Wastes Management at the University of Northampton in the UK. My work involves research primarily into healthcare waste management and sustainable environmental behaviour. I also do consultancy, supervision of PhD students and teaching of waste management and research methods.


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