Project Objective

A newly launched project, of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care (Coalition),  Reducing Health Care-Related PPE and Medical Single Use Plastic Waste Through Circular Economy Principles, will demonstrate that hospital-generated PPE and mSUP materials can be successfully managed by applying the principles of a circular economy: reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible before the materials are disposed of. This project will explore and identify reuse and reduction opportunities for PPE and selected mSUPs, which will complement and enable resource conservation.

This project helps address several Government of Canada initiatives such as the following:

  • In November 2018, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment adopted Canada’s Zero Plastic Waste Strategy to reduce the environmental impact of plastics and promote a circular economy [1].
  • Canada supports the premise that the world needs a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and will be joining the Finnish and the Netherlands to host three high-level events to address the important role circularity plays in the economies of the future as well as in the fight against climate change and the nature crisis [2].
  • To reduce the environmental impact of PPE in Canada, the Government of Canada is supporting the development of solutions that will lead to more sustainable PPE, including reusability, alternative materials, improved recyclability, novel recycling technologies and compostability [3].
  • The Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act delivers on the Government of Canada’s commitment to legislate Canada’s target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The Act will establish a legally binding process to set five-year national emissions-reduction targets for 2030, 2035, 2040, and 2045, as well as develop credible, science-based emissions-reduction plans to achieve each target. [4].
  • The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change is Canada's plan – developed with the provinces and territories and in consultation with Indigenous peoples – to meet Canada's emissions reduction targets, grow the economy, and build resilience to a changing climate. [5]

Linear Economy vs. Circular Economy

This is an interactive graphic! Click on the icons below to learn more about each element.

Adapted from "CleanMed Europe, Collaborating to Achieve Healthcare Circularity," by Health Care Without Harm Europe and Philips, 2020. Copyright 2020 by Philips. Adapted with permission.

Circular economy of reusable gowns

Circular economy of reusable respirators

Idealized circular economy system with a future focus on reusable personal protective equipment. Copyright 2022 by Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care.


Project Components

  1. Engaging health sector and stakeholder experts on PPE and medical SUPs reduction and reuse
  2. Determining PPE and medical SUPs purchased in hospitals and opportunities for reduction, and reuse
  3. Designing the scenarios to reduce and reuse PPE
  4. Knowledge generation and translation deliverables will be provided in English and French and will be designed to enable the hospital sector across Canada to reduce and reuse PPE/SUPs following the completion of this project.

Webinars & Events

Webinar 1: What to do with hospital PPE and medical single-use plastic waste?

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

9 am PDT/ 12 pm EDT/ 1 pm ADT

Watch recording here

Presentation 1: Reducing Hospital-Related PPE and Medical Single-Use Plastic Waste Through Circular Economy Practices

Presented to the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Sub Working Group on Reducing PPE Waste

July 20, 2021

View English presentation here

Voir la présentation en français ici

Presentation: The Changing Landscape of PPE in Canada

Presented to CleanMed Europe in 2021, by Kady Cowan and Ozora Amin

Watch the presentation here

Towards a Safe, Secure and Sustainable Reusable PPE System in Canadian Health Care

The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care demonstrates how transitioning to a reusable PPE system can result in environmental benefits, cost savings, and stability for health care facilities without sacrificing the safety of patients and health care workers.

Presented May 26th, 2022 at 9am PT/12m ET/1pm AT

Watch the webinar en français.




Case Studies Map

Video Project

The Way Forward is Reusable: Demonstrating Canadian opportunities for safe, secure and sustainable PPE

The Coalition hopes this video will break down misconceptions regarding reusable PPE, incite discussion on sustainability and waste reduction in health care, and inspire health care workers to advocate for reusable PPE systems in their facilities.

This video could not be possible without the support and collaboration of health care workers across Canada. Thank you for your participation.

Community Engagement

Community engagement is a crucial part of this project. We have a dedicated Google Groups forum for project communication and regular community engagement.

See the instructions below to join the PPE-mSUP Reducing, Reusing, Recycling Project group:

  1. If you have a Google account, click HERE to request access to the Google Group
  2. If you do not have a Google account, email to request access to the Google group

CCGHC Team and Associates

Neil Ritchie

Executive Lead

Linda Varangu

 Project Lead

Kent Waddington

 Communications Advisor

Kady Cowan

 Project Technical Lead

Ozora Amin

 Project Coordinator

Mia Sarrazin

Bilingual Environmental Health Care Coordinator

Autumn Sypus

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Steering Committee

Kady Cowan

Project Technical Lead

Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care

Linda Varangu

Project Advisor

Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care

Fiona Miller

 Professor of Health Policy

University of Toronto

Marianne Dawson

 Sustainability Consultant - Recycling and Waste Reduction

British Columbia GreenCare

Patricia Trbovich

Badeau Family Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, North York General Hospital

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Ozora Amin

Project Coordinator

Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care

Edward Rubinstein

Director, Environmental Compliance, Energy & Sustainability

University Health Network

Lesley Anne Hirst


IPAC Lead Ontario Health

Project Partners

University Health Network (UHN)  |  University of Toronto  |  BC GreenCare

External Evaluator

Cameron D. Norman

Principal & President

Cense Ltd.

Project Funder