What is waste?
Waste is material that people no longer have use for and discard. One particular form of waste you would find in a hospital is municipal solid waste. This is the "stuff" that makes up the vast majority of health care material and much of it is no different than waste one would find in a hotel or other business in that there is a tremendous amount of paper, plastic and food waste.*
Other types of waste include:
Why Reduce Waste?
Waste disposal can cause pollution and have a health impact on communities
As we continue to use more and more resources, we will continue to produce waste that will end up in either a landfill or incinerator, which creates further pollution; therefore, nothing is truly disposable. That is unless we find a way to process that waste into something useful.
One solution is to create a cradle to cradle system that in it’s simplest sense reuses and recycles products that are worn out and turns them into something new to be used again. You can start to reduce the amount of waste you produce, by using reusable products, having a recycling bin and just reducing the amount of things you buy.
What Can You Do?
Participate in UCLA Health's recycling program available throughout the hospital and cafeterias.
Waste Pick-Up at the Hospital
*Healthier Hospitals, a Practice Greenhealth Program
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