, Re-Using Equipment Could Help Hopsitals Go Green (03/02/10):

 U.S. health care facilities generate over four billion pounds of waste each year, second only to the food industry in trash-making.

But much of this waste could be avoided, according to a new study, by cleaning, testing and re-sterilizing many types of medical equipment after first use, including elastic bandages, finger oxygen sensors and tourniquet cuffs.