The University Hospital in Leicester ran a study investigating the possibility to
reduce the amount of waste going into the incinerator from the Nephrology
procedures room, which uses a conspicuous amount of consumables, which
contributes greatly to the UK’s carbon footprint as well as environmental pollution.
In this study, the simple addition of a recycling bin in the procedure room reduced
the incinerated waste dramatically, with around 60 percent of the waste not
requiring incineration and with the majority of it being plastic that was potentially
recyclable. The results of this short, one month long study show the potential to
recycle part of hospital waste, with gains in terms of health, environment, and
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