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Donating medical supplies (1)

The Medical Pantry Project

Recycling supplies from hospitals to underserved communities and wildlife sanctuaries.

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Project details

Suggested by: Martin

Project partner: The Actuator Operations Limited

Budget

$94,600.00

Votes

253 votes received

Large amounts of waste generated by hospitals goes to landfill and incinerators. This includes significant amounts of unused medical supplies and equipment. The Medical Pantry Program is a solution to reduce the amount of hospital waste by recovering these unused items.  We collect used items from hospitals located in the Western Metropolitan Region (Footscray, Sunshine, Williamstown and Sunbury Hospitals). We sort, package and store these items in our warehouse (requires Pick My Project Funds) and donate the supplies to medically underserved communities, wildlife sanctuaries and local businesses. Highly specialised medical supplies are donated to medical relief groups.

Medical Pantry Program is not just about donating medical supplies to medically underserved communities, wildlife sanctuaries and local businesses, it improves the sustainability of our community by reducing the hospitals contribution to landfill and carbon foot print. The program involves volunteers of numerous backgrounds, including local nurses, doctors, students, young professionals and retirees and promote health and welfare to help build stronger, more diverse and connected community.

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Project details

Suggested by: Martin

Project partner: The Actuator Operations Limited

Budget

$94,600.00

Votes

253 votes received

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ErikaC

14 Sep 2018

What a great idea!

Caz8

13 Sep 2018

Good luck and fantastic idea!

Vixiie

13 Sep 2018

Great idea

Sally

11 Sep 2018

Awesome!

buddini

10 Sep 2018

Great initiative, good luck Martin!

skng

10 Sep 2018

Good work mate!

VinaTran

10 Sep 2018

Great Idea, Good Luck with the project !

alisonmaree

10 Sep 2018

Reducing waste and helping our communities. Fantastic !!

Ajit

10 Sep 2018

Great idea Marty!

Letsgetitdone

09 Sep 2018

This project sounds great. Get it up and going so we can stop so much hospital waste going to landfill. It will save hospitals millions into the future

Shiny Paul

07 Sep 2018

Go Marty

Kiaravm

06 Sep 2018

Go Marty!!

cuongbella

06 Sep 2018

Great project!

Lahiru82

06 Sep 2018

great work!

GarethSymons

06 Sep 2018

What a brilliant and worthy idea

gimberger

31 Aug 2018

Awesome project. Looking forward to seeing this come to life!

gatty72

30 Aug 2018

Best of luck with this amazing project.

Snezana

29 Aug 2018

Great idea!

Jennief

25 Aug 2018

Sounds great

Kim

15 Aug 2018

Great ideas

Kimba Grace

14 Aug 2018

We should get all major hospitals to do the same to support their surrounding communities.

Tamie

14 Aug 2018

Great work!!!!!

Project Owner

medicalpantry > Tamie

14 Aug 2018

Thanks Tamie

DeeF

13 Aug 2018

I'd love to know why hospitals are throwing away unused stuff!

Project Owner

medicalpantry > DeeF

13 Aug 2018

Hi Deef, that is a great question. In our health care system, unfortunately, there are many reasons why supplies are thrown out. Here are some reasons why:
-New techniques and new equipment which means the old stock is not used and cannot be returned;
-Items are ordered specifically for a patient who no longer requires the intervention;
-There is no process to redirect supplies and the only option is to throw it into landfill;
-The manufacturers do not accept returns.