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Zero Waste

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.



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

  • Launch a pilot program to review FMO construction waste recycling procedures, and gather metrics at 3 acute sites by 2016.

  • Eliminate use of Styrofoam as service ware in patient and residential food services by 2015.


Priority actions 

a.     Ensure effective hand-over of maintenance and management of the Recycling Renewal Program to housekeeping and other site-specific stakeholders at existing acute and residential care sites.

b.     Audit the RRP at selected existing acute and residential care sites for contamination issues annually.

c.     Reporting on waste diversion results.

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

e.     Build capacity within LMFM to reduce construction-related waste.


Key Partnerships: BISS, HSSBC, LMFM, SSMs, Houskeeping Managers. External: Metro Vancouver


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