23.3.2 Waste minimisation
Waste minimisation is the first and most important step in any waste management plan. Minimising the amount of waste produced will help the environment by reducing the amount of waste to be disposed of or burned in incinerators, and consequently reduces air pollution. For effective waste minimisation, you should always bear in mind that the materials and supplies purchased should create no or minimal waste. However, it is important to note that minimising waste should never be carried out if it compromises patient care or creates any other risk of infection.