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Hospital waste management in developing countries : A mini review. / Ali, M.; Wang, W.; Chaudhry, N.; Geng, Y.

In: Waste Management and Research, Vol. 35, No. 6, 01.06.2017, p. 581-592.

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Ali, M, Wang, W, Chaudhry, N & Geng, Y 2017, 'Hospital waste management in developing countries: A mini review', Waste Management and Research, vol. 35, no. 6, pp. 581-592. https://doi.org/10.1177/0734242X17691344

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Ali, M., Wang, W., Chaudhry, N., & Geng, Y. (2017). Hospital waste management in developing countries: A mini review. Waste Management and Research, 35(6), 581-592. https://doi.org/10.1177/0734242X17691344

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Ali M, Wang W, Chaudhry N, Geng Y. Hospital waste management in developing countries: A mini review. Waste Management and Research. 2017 Jun 1;35(6):581-592. https://doi.org/10.1177/0734242X17691344

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Ali, M. ; Wang, W. ; Chaudhry, N. ; Geng, Y. / Hospital waste management in developing countries : A mini review. In: Waste Management and Research. 2017 ; Vol. 35, No. 6. pp. 581-592.

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