Sustainable healthcare waste management in the EU Circular Economy model
Waste in the healthcare sector
The healthcare sector has a unique healing mission to protect and restore health and save lives, however,the sector’s activities can paradoxically undermine this mission. The healthcare sector generates millions of tonnes of waste worldwide each year, andwaste directly or indirectly negatively impacts our environment, health, and well-being in many ways. How we dispose of waste can contribute to climate change, release air pollutants into the atmosphere, or contaminate water and soil.1Despite the provennegative health and environmental impacts of incineration many European public health agencies and national governments still requireincineration as the only safe waste management solution for hospitals’ waste.
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