Before you begin (or expand) a hospital recycling program, it's critical to understand what types of plastics are recyclable. HPRC walks you through with this simple visual guide, part of our comprehensive HospiCycle toolkit, helping you understand what kinds of plastics your program can include and what specific clinical materials they are found in.
Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council Fall 2016 Meeting
In late September, HPRC convened its fall meeting in California, kindly hosted by Kaiser Permanente and Goodwill Industries. Besides the usual council meetings, we were pleased to facilitate a hospital roundtable to help foster connections and recycling insights within the region. The informal theme of the session became innovation, as we know the issues of hospital plastics recycling are complex and require creativity to address, and we were excited to hear about all the creative solutions hospitals are trying.
The lack of dock space to stage or process materials is a common problem with developing a hospital recycling program. Docks are often cluttered and disorganized with material entering and exiting the facility.
This resource provides guidelines on determining how much recyclable material your hospital generates and where, how it moves once it leaves there, and ways you can optimize your dock space to best support your recycling efforts.
OXFORD, England, October 5, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) convened a workshop today in Oxford, UK to begin dialogue on how circular economy thinking could be applied to healthcare plastics in Europe. This effort will enable greater recycling and reuse opportunities while reducing negative environmental impacts.
HPRC Operations Director Peylina Chu presentated at the 2016 CE100 NYC Accelerator workshop on the lessons learned from HPRC's ongoing Chicago regional recycling project. Download the full presentation below, or check it out on Slideshare.
A recent article in Recycling Product News entitled "Profitable and Practical Plastics: Reuse and Recycling for the Circular Economy" featured HPRC's Chicago regional recycling project as a real-world example of what's possible in plastics recycling.
Meet Monica Torres--Corporate Manager, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability with Baxter Healthcare Corporation. We talk to Monica about her key responsibilities, her major accomplishments in her role, challenges she sees the industry facing, and what she sees as the future of healthcare plastics recycling. Monica also talks about why Baxter is a member of HPRC and gives us a look into what she loves to do when "off-duty."
HPRC got a nice shout-out in a recent Packaging Digest piece about Bella the Bride, a traveling display jointly put on by DuPont and Beacon Converters that features a wedding gown made of discarded Tyvek meant to encourage conversations about reuse of healthcare plastics. The gown was created by artist and environmental educator Nancy Judd.
If you’ve ever spent time in a hospital, you probably noticed the massive amounts of materials that were being tossed into trash bins. Sterilization wrap, gowns, irrigation bottles, IV bags, basins, pitchers, trays, rigid and flexible packaging materials are all used once and then thrown away.
Recent studies report that hospitals generate 33.8 pounds of waste per day, per staffed bed. Multiply this amount of waste across world hospital bed density and we are talking staggering waste in the ballpark of 100 million tons per year.