Preventing contamination and developing a streamlined materials transfer process are key to a successful recycling program. Work with your recycling partner and your hospital’s EVS team, nursing team, and others that will be involved in the plastics collection, transfer, and dock-out processes to develop a streamlined process for your hospital.
How Kaiser Permanente Found a Home for its Blue Wrap
Most people know Goodwill as a thrift store, or donation center for unwanted items, and not as being in the recycling business. However, Goodwill is helping to reduce landfilling and associated environmental impacts through various recycling efforts. One such effort involves Kaiser Permanente and Goodwill Southern California. Their partnership began in 2009 when Kaiser Permanente was looking for a vendor to take their 20 tons/year of blue wrap, a nonwoven material made from polypropylene used for wrapping surgical instruments for sterilization.
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.
When talking with a potential recycling business partner, use the following list of questions and discussion topics to help guide the conversation. HPRC will walk you through the conversations you need to have to determine who is the right partner for you and then to structure your agreement.
This complete guide to finding a hospital recycling partner will help you get your program up and running. We'll walk you through resources for finding the right partner, whether you can start with your current waste hauler, recycling partners, or other services providers, or are beginning the search from scratch.
The purpose of plastics mapping is to understand the overall flow of plastic materials through the hospital from entry, through usage, and exit as waste streams.
By mapping the flow of plastic materials through your hospital, you can identify non-patient contact healthcare plastic materials that can be easily recycled and the optimum points to collect these materials for recycling.
HPRC has put together a comprehenmsive ecnonomic analysis for a healthcare recycling program, which will walk you through a full analysis in preparation for a new program, or in evaluation of an existing program. It considers baseline waste data, plastics quantities, and start-up, capital, and disposal costs for the program.
Simply follow the instructions and fields will calculate based on your inputs. This data can then be used to make the business case for recycling at your hospital, or to help understand and improve upon your current practices.
The Complete Guide to Making the Case for a Recycling Program
If approval from the hospital executive leadership team is required to implement a plastics recycling program, presenting a business case may be the best approach to request approval. This guide will help you prepare the business case.
The purpose of a business case is to present a concise summary of an opportunity and a proposed plan. It typically has four parts: (1) an overview of the opportunity, (2) a description of the proposal, (3) the anticipated and/or desired outcomes, and (4) the request for approval and support.
A hospital’s waste stream can be complex, but understanding the makeup of your waste stream and what portion of that could be impacted by a recycling program is vital. Using some basic benchmarks, HPRC has put together an equation to help you characterize the waste stream at your hospital.