According to Practice Greenhealth, hospitals and health systems produce 12,800 tons of waste each day. The areas of waste in healthcare are broad — from medical and pharmaceutical waste to wasted food and paper products — and they have far-reaching consequences. There is the obvious impact on the environment, including contamination of soil, water and air. Then there is the financial impact associated with waste disposal, whether it takes place onsite at the hospital or offsite through a third party service.

In a recent article from Healthcare Purchasing News, the publication reports on ways to reduce and manage the variety of healthcare waste streams in a cost-effective manner. This includes tips from industry experts, and new products aimed at reducing healthcare waste.

Here is a snippet from that article:

“The American Hospital Association’s Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals notes that non-regulated waste makes up approximately 85 percent of a hospital’s total waste stream. The organization points out that this category of waste is “no different from the waste generated by a hotel, where up to 60 percent is either recyclable or compostable.”

To read the full article, click here.

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