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.
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