How Green Was My Hospital



When leaving the condo last night for a hike in Chicago's "Loop," I noticed a large box in the trash collections area. It contained someone's old CPU and monitor. The monitor was one of those clunky "big box" CRTs that used to be state-of-the-art. Destination for this hardware: landfill. Scenes like this occur nationwide. In Chicago and elsewhere, there's no highly visible computer recycling program, even though computers contain reusable materials and may have components that pose environmental hazards. Hospitals already must contend with hazardous medical waste removal as a routine part of business, so they are no strangers to environmental issues. However, like other businesses, they are beginning to realize that environmental stewardship is a wide-reaching, often complicated goal.
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