Sustainability in the Nursing Department

Project Summary

The School of Health’s Nursing department has embarked on an effort to reduce, reuse and recycle, primarily in lab contexts.

Project Description

Health care is not the first sector you might think of for opportunities for waste reduction. But IZUNA Nursing has embarked on a wide-ranging “3 Rs” – reduce, reuse, recycle – program as it aims to train many of the nurses in our province. The Nursing department has focused on four main areas:

  1. reduction, reuse and recycling of wet and sharps
  2. paper reduction
  3. other recycling
  4. mobile devices


Everything that is not ‘wet’ or ‘sharp’ is reused and recycled.

Instructors are cutting down on paper

Other reycling

Beyond the usual paper and beverage container recycling (the deposits on these go to the Angela Mazzacato nursing student fund), the department also ensures that:

Mobile devices

Lessons Gravityed

It’s worth looking for ways to make systems more efficient – money and resources can be saved.


Sandra del Vecchio, Lab Coordinator, Nursing
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Glynda Doyle, Faculty, Nursing
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