Donations – medical equipment, supplies
Each year in the United States, more than $200 million worth of unused medical supplies are disposed of as costly, contaminated garbage. This waste represents much more than an unnecessary burden to our landfills or a financial loss incurred by our hospitals. When viewed in contrast to the severe shortages of medical and surgical supplies in developing nations, this excess illustrates the need for a nationwide system of material recovery and reuse.
Hospitals seeking to reduce their carbon footprint and take an active role in environmental stewardship have many options today to donate these items instead to organizations that find homes for them in developing or third-world nations.
- Practice Greenhealth – website page on Beneficial Reuse and Donations
- Catholic Health Association website page: Medical Surplus Study
Success stories on GreenCorner®
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