The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH has a strong commitment to recycling. It needed an outlet for recycling its blue wrap, but was not generating sufficient quantity for this to be appealing on its own.
Because increasing healthcare plastics means considering all parts of the value chain, HPRC has developed a guidance document for manufacturers that articulates design considerations which enhance the recycling potential and value of the final product or packaging. This guide is intended for product designers and users of disposable medical devices and will enable increased design and use for recyclability. The guidelines may also be of use for waste haulers and recyclers interested in recycling this waste stream.
If your organization recycles plastics or manufactures healthcare products or packaging materials and you want to be on the front lines of the emerging Circular Economy, HPRC wants to talk to you! Work with industry-leading peers and develop real-world tools and projects to explore various approaches to healthcare plastics recycling across the full value chain.
Communication is vital in sharing your successes and challenges, and in keeping key stakeholders engaged in your hospital’s plastics recycling program. In developing a communication plan, consider what information you want to convey, the target audience(s,) both internal and external, and the call to action you want to move people to take, if there is one. These issues are discussed further at the HPRC website.
Providing adequate training is vital to the successful implementation of a healthcare plastics recycling program. Specifically, providing context and instruction will help ensure that staff clearly understand what materials are and are not part of the program and how the program will be managed. To help streamline things, HPRC has developed two customizable templates to serve as a guide for organizations in need of training support for their staff.
Choosing how to structure your hospital plastics recycling program is an important decision that can have dramatic ramifications on your outcome. In this post, we walk you through three proven approaches to help you determine what's right for your hospital.