In today’s rapidly evolving medical landscape, the generation of surplus medical supplies and equipment is an inevitable byproduct. Advances in medical technology and the constant push for innovation lead to frequent updates and replacements, leaving hospitals and healthcare facilities with a surplus of medical items. While the immediate concern is often about storage and disposal, the long-term environmental impact of discarding these supplies is staggering. These items often end up in landfills, contributing to the growing problem of medical waste and its detrimental effects on our planet and its people.
Recognizing the gravity of this issue, organizations like MATTER 360 have taken it upon themselves to intervene. Their work is especially significant when viewed through the lens of global initiatives like World Cleanup Day, which aims to combat the environmental challenges posed by waste. MATTER 360 not only provides a responsible avenue for the disposal of excess medical supplies but also repurposes them to serve underprivileged communities in countries around the world. In doing so, they create a win-win situation: reducing environmental waste while enhancing healthcare accessibility for people in need.
The MATTER 360 Initiative
MATTER 360 stands as the “easy button” solution for hospitals and manufacturers. It’s the trusted resource that healthcare professionals and volunteers turn to when they have excess or expired medical supplies and equipment.
In the U.S. alone, hospitals generate non-hazardous medical waste exceeding an estimated 5 million tons of waste annually. MATTER 360 has taken a proactive stance against this staggering statistic. Through the MATTER 360 Initiative, the organization repurposes medical equipment and supplies. In 2022, MATTER successfully repurposed nearly 3.5 million pounds of medical supplies and equipment, benefiting people and the planet.
World Cleanup Day
World Cleanup Day, a movement that emphasizes the importance of a clean planet, urging individual volunteers and organizations to take action against waste, takes place on September 16, 2023. According to their website, “World Cleanup Day unites millions of volunteers, governments and organizations, in 197 countries and territories, to tackle the global mismanaged waste crisis and to help create a new, more sustainable world.” MATTER 360’s mission aligns seamlessly with this global initiative. By repurposing medical supplies, MATTER 360 not only ensures that these items are used to their fullest potential but also prevents them from ending up in landfills. This dual impact—improving global health and protecting the environment—makes MATTER 360 a beacon of hope in the medical and environmental sectors and helps address the waste crisis.
Testimonials: A Testament to Impact
The success and impact of MATTER 360 are best captured in the words of those who’ve witnessed its work firsthand:
Sarah Charai, former System Director, Supply Chain Operations for Allina Health, commented, “MATTER is a valued Allina partner, and we feel confident knowing our donations to them are being repurposed for good. It’s as easy as a phone call or an email to let them know we have supplies ready for pick up, so there is no additional burden on the supply chain staff. In fact, it’s a relief to our supply chain staff knowing MATTER is the go-to source for disposal of expired and excess supplies and equipment.”
Dr. Christopher Tashjian from Vibrant Health Family Clinics emphasizes the life-changing difference the MATTER 360 model brings, enabling physicians worldwide to provide care to patients who might otherwise be neglected. “Repurposing medical equipment and supplies allows physicians around the world to care for patients who might otherwise not get the care they need and deserve. I have seen the results myself and know that the MATTER 360 model makes a life-changing difference.”
“Our partners appreciate the ease and efficiency of donating medical supplies and equipment to us, knowing that we are able to give these items a renewed purpose elsewhere,” stated Joel Anderson, Executive VP of MATTER 360. “We are grateful for all of our partners, including an increasing number of hospitals and clinics around the country, and remain committed to serving them.”
A Call to Action: World Cleanup Day and Every Day
MATTER 360’s work is commendable, but it’s a collective effort that involves the entire medical community. Hospitals, clinics, medical manufacturers, and professionals are encouraged to donate medical equipment or supplies in order to help reduce waste. Every donation, big or small, contributes to a larger cause—improving global health and championing environmental sustainability, helping ensure a more healthy planet for people everywhere.
For those interested in making a difference, visit the MATTER 360 website to learn more about donating surplus medical supplies and equipment.