The Surplus Problem
In an effort to improve safety and convenience, the U.S. health care system utilizes a wide array of disposable, “single-use” items. Strict regulatory and risk-management practices, economies of scale, and frequent changes in technology often make it difficult to recycle, re-process or return many usable supplies within our own system. As a result, United States health systems produce about 6 million tons of waste each year, resulting in increased disposal costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, patients in medically under-served communities around the world suffer from the lack of even the most basic medical supplies.
We work with Duke Health System administrators and staff to promote environmental sustainability at Duke, while at the same time supporting Duke’s global health and community service missions.
The mission of REMEDY at Duke
- Reduce waste and promote resource sustainability through the recovery and recycling of usable surplus medical supplies
- Reduce disparities in global health care through the donation of medical supplies to areas of need
- Promote awareness of global health issues within the Duke and greater Durham community
- Provide a community service opportunity for Duke students, faculty and staff