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Zero Waste & Toxicity

Waste disposal in landfills and incinerators has serious environmental and health impacts related to soil, air and water contamination; emission of greenhouse gases; and spread of infectious and respiratory diseases. In an effort to emulate nature, where waste and pollution essentially don’t exist, the Health Authority is taking a Zero Waste philosophy. Achieving Zero Waste is about reducing consumption, as well as designing products and industrial processes so that components can be dismantled, repaired, reused and recycled.

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Goal 
Minimize waste generated from the health care system and all its supporting systems and operations.
Targets 
  • Achieve 50% waste diversion rate for acute and residential care sites in the Recycling Program by 2020

  • Gather data on other waste diversion streams to develop a holistic baseline of waste in health care by 2019.

  • Work with internal partners to reduce and avoid waste when purchasing new products and equipment

 

Priority actions 

a.     Audit the recycling at selected existing acute and residential care sites for contamination issues annually.

b.     Reporting on waste diversion results.

c.     Identify best practices in reduction strategies for acute and residential sites.

d.     Build capacity within Lower Mainland Facilities Management to reduce construction-related waste.

 

Key Partnerships: BISS, PHSA Supply Chain, LMFM, SSMs, Houskeeping Managers. External: Metro Vancouver

 

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