Healthy hospitals: The new thinking helping healthcare minimise its climate impact – New Zealand

Posted on November 1, 2021 by DrRossH in General

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In 2017, just after New Zealand had banned single-use supermarket plastic bags, Oliver Hunt was looking for a master’s project when he realised healthcare waste must be a problem on the same level. That project became Medsalv, his company that takes used single-use medical devices from hospitals around New Zealand and re-manufactures them so they can be safely used again.

He realised the waste produced by surgeries mostly goes unseen. With over 330,000 surgeries per year around the country, hospital waste often finds its way into landfills.