A Greener and Healthier FutureA large training hospital can produce as much waste as a small town.
Care and treatment of the average hospital patient typically produces about 5.5 kilograms of waste each day. That translates into over 400 tonnes of waste each year for a medium-sized hospital with 200 beds.
Although you might expect biomedical waste to be the wasteful culprit for all that trash, only 15% of the waste is biomedical, chemical, liquid, laboratory, pharmaceutical, or hazardous waste. As with businesses, schools, and homes - more than half of what gets tossed out at the hospital is paper – a simple product that can be reduced or recycled.
A greener future means a healthier future for all of Newfoundland and Labrador. Ensuring a clean and green environment is a great way to promote healthy living.