The March 2010 issue of Academic Medicine, the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges printed the following Commentary, A Call to Go Green in Health Care by Reprocessing Medical Equipment, by Kwakye (Yale), Pronovost (Johns Hopkins) and Makary (Johns Hopkins).  In conclusion, the authors note:

Health care can contribute to creating a livable planet by reducing the substantial amount of medical waste it produces. Reprocessing is one strategy to accomplish this. The practice has a reliable safety record of excellence identical to that of new equipment, while being friendlier to the environment. Reprocessing offers health care institutions a solution to reduce waste and to reduce costs; as such, it should be explored.