Discarded medical equipment that was destined for a landfill is being put to much better use by a nonprofit in San Leandro, CA. MedShare, which collects equipment from hospitals and manufacturers that is being discarded because it is either obsolete, expired or being replaced with newer models, has been shipping containers to Nepal, where the medical products provide a lifeline to survivors of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck on April 25. The still-rising death toll is estimated at 7,500, with at least 14,000 injured.
MedShare's warehouse is described by ABC7news.com as a Home Depot of medical equipment. "Everything there is used, usable and would have been going to a landfill," writes reporter Wayne Freedman. "What does that tell us about waste in the medical industry?" Andrew Pines, MedShare Executive Director, West Region, concurs: "I think we live in a throwaway culture in the United States. I don't think it's any different than our cellphones and plastic water bottles and everything else that we waste," Pines told ABC7news.com.