How much garbage does it take to treat a patient?

Aug 15, 2012

One thing you probably don’t think of when you think of hospitals is garbage. And yet, these huge institutions generate tons of garbage that goes straight into our landfills. According to this week’s East Bay Express cover story, on average it takes 33 pounds of garbage to treat each patient.  Reporter Kathleen Richards says the medical industry is one of the leading producers of waste, but has been slow to recycle. She spoke with KAKW’s Holly Kernan about this is issue.

Listen to the full interview above.