14 Apr '12, 2pm

Healthcare Industry Meets to Reduce Waste

Healthcare Industry Meets to Reduce Waste

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities produce four billion pounds of waste annually. Photo: Flickr On April 3, 11 of the world’s leading healthcare systems convened in Washington D.C. to discuss medical waste – a problem that produces four billion pounds of waste each year . As an industry, medicine trails just behind food in total waste generated. The Healthier Hospitals Initiative seeks to reduce the industry’s impact on the planet through six pinpointed challenges to at least 2,000 hospitals in 50 states, including engaging leadership, using leaner energy, reducing waste, purchasing safer chemicals, buying smarter products and making healthier food. Each participating hospital and healthcare organization will regularly report on their progress of each challenge, leading to an overall more sustainable future for health care, the HHI says on its website. Read Up: How ...

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