Healthcare Facilities Have Options for Environmental Friendly Treatment of Medical Waste
In the United States the environmental awareness movement made its presence known 40 years ago. Huge disastrous events such as the pollution of our great lakes, hydrogen bomb testing, and the effects of DDT on wildlife, led the call for environmental protection reform and a heightened awareness of what we are doing to our earth. The famous author Dr. Seuss wrote about it in his book, The Lorax, which focused on the pollution of Lake Erie and the steady elimination of our forests.
Why has it taken so long for our Healthcare system to focus on the way in which we destroy our medical waste and implement alternative methods?
Going back almost 20 years ago the Healthcare Industry rallied around alternate methods of destroying medical waste issuing a battle cry for a campaign for environmentally harmless Healthcare. One of the guiding principles of the Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) campaign is the commitment to eliminate the non-essential incineration of medical waste and promote safe materials use and treatment practices. Many of these new and innovative solutions are finding their way into today’s market but unfortunately are underused. Most Health care facilities don’t even realize that there are better ways to destroy their BioHazardous waste. They have become complacent using their haulers that incinerate or autoclave and have been locked into contracts for so long, that finding new “earth friendly” methods have been placed on the back burner. Just like the old saying, “out of site out of mind”.
Twenty years later Steri-Green has incorporated the use of SteriMed systems and has opened a cost effective, earth friendly solution to haul and destroy regulated medical waste in the state of Florida. Their proven methods also allow them to separate and recycle up to 50% of that waste. We offer to change the landscape of our environment for the better but it will require a call to action by the Healthcare providers to make the right choice.
The task at hand is to heighten the medical community’s obligation to not only save their patients, but also do their part to preserve our earth.