CHIMES (Calvin College Newspaper): Reprocessing Your Health (03/19/10):

Gone are the days when hospital staff thoughtlessly tossed used medical equipment into the nearest landfill.

According to a study released this month in the journal “Academic Medicine”, U.S. health care facilities generate 4 billion pounds of waste every year. Only the food industry produces more.

The study, published by a Yale medical student and two faculty members at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, states that escalating environmental concerns, combined with a need to pinch pennies, are driving hospitals to reconsider what they pitch and what they recycle.