Common Recyclable Healthcare Plastics


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.

Is Innovation the Key to Successful Healthcare Plastics Recycling?

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.

Dock Space Guidelines for Hospital Recycling Programs

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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.

Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council Convenes Workshop to Explore How Circular Economy Principles Can Be Applied to Healthcare Plastics in the EU

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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.

Driving a Circular Healthcare Plastics Economy--Lessons Learned

HPRC at the CE100 NYC Accelerator
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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.

Why Design for Recycling Matters in Healthcare and What You Can Do About It

6 Tips for Increasing the Recyclability of Your Products

In the United States, the typical operating room contributes 5.4 tons of medical waste to landfills each year, translating to costs of $5,234 per operating room, according to Practice Greenhealth’s 2015 Sustainability Benchmark Report

Profitability and Plastics Recycling

HPRC in the News

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.

HPRC Member Spotlight: Monica Torres, Baxter Healthcare Corporation


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."

Read the full profile on the HPRC website.


What Do Weddings and Recycled Healthcare Plastics Have in Common?

More than you think!

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.

Healthcare Plastics and the Circular Economy


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.


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