Waste Management

The surge in healthcare waste during the COVID-19 pandemic heightened the need for responsible waste handling. As leaders in the healthcare industry, we are committed to reducing our waste footprint and minimising single-use virgin plastic use.
Why is Waste Management important?

Why is Waste Management important?

The healthcare sector generates millions of tonnes of waste worldwide each year, and waste negatively impacts our environment, health, and well-being in many ways. Improper waste management can have a detrimental impact on climate change, cause air pollution, or even contaminate water and soil.

As part of our ambition to lead change in the healthcare industry, we aim to reduce our waste footprint and minimise our consumption of raw material.

To shape a resilient, sustainable and healthy future for people and the planet, we aim to reduce our waste footprint, starting with our commitment to reduce single-use virgin plastic in non-clinical areas of our hospitals.
  • Reduce single-use virgin plastic by 90% in non-clinical areas in IHH Malaysia and IHH Singapore by 2023
Refer to our Sustainability Report for a full list of goals and targets.

Did You Know?

of healthcare waste is general, non-hazardous waste.
We hope to influence the plastic management philosophy in the healthcare sector by first reducing our use of single-use virgin plastic in non-clinical areas. Our commitment to protect our planet includes reducing the amount of plastic we purchase, use, provide and dispose of.
What We’re Doing

What We’re Doing

We take a holistic approach towards waste management by focusing on:

  • Adhering to strict waste management regulations and work with licensed contractors.
  • Reducing waste at the source and implementing reuse and recycle strategies.
  • Sharing best practices and making annual waste data disclosures to drive synergy across the organisation.

We are proud to take the lead in the healthcare industry by becoming the first healthcare organisation to join the World Wide Fund for Nature Plastic ACTion (WWF PACT) initiative. This enables us to adopt sustainable practices for plastic waste reduction and a circular economy.