Waste Management and Reduction

There are 40 million Canadians creating garbage. In 2022, the average Canadian produced 706 kg of waste per person (1). Hospitals produce a significant amount of waste from different sources including biomedical, food, and more. In 2021,18 hospitals (including one long-term care home), produced an average 1,616 FTE and average size of 696,509 ft2 . On average, waste disposed of from these facilities consisted of 14.10% food waste (2).

Sustainable waste management demands that we be financially responsible in how we deal with our waste while doing so in a socially-acceptable and environmentally-sound manner. We need to assume responsibility for the waste we create, and help those tasked with the job of disposing of it so that the fewest resources possible are used. Embracing a circular economy: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - in that order - is the first step to sustainably managing waste, whether at home, at work or elsewhere.

Sustainable waste management has many benefits, including:

  • Lowering waste management costs
  • Reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by the supply chain
  • Reducing the release of pollutants that harm human health
  • Saving energy
  • Lowering the amount o micro-plastics entering the environment
  • Conserving resources
  • Reducing the demand on landfill space and waste treatment technologies

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Our Projects



  • April 24th, 2018 - Mercury, Lamps, Recycling and Retrofits
    • Webinar participants were provided with tools and resources to support their efforts in reducing health care-generated waste and increasing recycling. Presenters shared emerging solutions to help drive waste reduction while assisting hospitals to gain understanding on how to improve their waste management score in the Coalition’s Green Hospital Scorecard.
    • Watch the webinar HERE.
  • November 29th, 2018 - Managing Organics: Options, Successes Challenges
    • This webinar highlights hospitals' efforts to reduce and divert food waste on-site, and how it benefits the facility. We also feature two hospitals from across Canada for direct insight on their food waste reduction and diversion experiences.
    • Watch Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE.
    • View the slides HERE.