Sustainable Dentistry How-to Guide: Waste
Disposing of our waste and sending it to landfill or incineration has a major environmental impact through release of greenhouse gases and pollution of air, land and water. However, more than 90% of the environmental impact of most products occurs in manufacture and distribution, i.e. before a packet is ever opened. So, where possible, we need to reduce the purchase and use of items in the first place to achieve the greatest environmental (and financial) savings. A ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’ policy in the dental surgery, reception, waiting room and staff areas will help to minimise waste and divert from landfill and incineration, saving money and reducing emissions.