• In one year, Vancouver’s Lions Gate Hospital produced waste that included 1,767,900 pairs of gloves – nearly eight tonnes of latex and 21 tonnes of plastics – and 58 tonnes of disposable diapers and pads.
  • According to Environment Canada, on average more than five kilograms of waste is produced daily per hospital patient.
  • In 2008, more than five million tonnes of general waste was transported from London Health Sciences Centre to landfill sites.
  • Myriad toxic substances exist in health-care facilities. Mercury, for instance, can be found in thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, batteries and esophageal dilators.
  • MedShare International sends surplus medical supplies and equipment to healthcare institutions in developing countries. To learn more, visit the organization’s website, medshare.org.