Healthcare Plastics Recycling County (HPRC) recently hosted roundtables for hospitals (in conjunction with CleanMed) and recyclers (in conjunction with Re|focus). One of our biggest takeaways has been the barriers created by misconceptions and questions recyclers have about the safety and cleanliness of healthcare plastics.
Principal Members, Keurig Dr Pepper, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, Tetra Pak and The Coca-Cola Company, with Thought Partners Ocean Conservancy and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation sign on to ReSource: Plastic to inspire action
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2019 /3BL Media/ – The global plastic pollution crisis is threatening the natural environment on which we depend – impacting oceans, communities, wildlife, and people at an unprecedented rate. While many companies and organizations are committing to curb plastic pollution, some lack a roadmap to follow when implementing these commitments. Today WWF launched a new activation hub, ReSource: Plastic, to help solve this problem.
Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson Highlights Progress Made to Reduce Plastic Waste Pollution Across Two Continents
RACINE, Wis., May 10, 2019 /3BL Media/ – A concerted cleanup effort among governments, citizens, NGOs and businesses over the past few years is helping to improve waterways and oceans around the world. Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, recently visited the Philippines and Panama to see firsthand the advancements being made to save the oceans from plastic waste.
The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) is thrilled to announce the launch of a new project focused on creating a nationwide recycling vendor directory, designed to enable hospitals to build a more complete recycling program and provide recyclers with information about potential new feedstocks.
Thursday night Miami Beach kicked off their Plastic Free Miami Beach initiative.
The growing trend has local businesses involved, and there is also a heavy corporate punch behind the movement.
One major supporter is Bacardi.
“We have made a commitment to eliminate one billion straws worldwide from our operation,” said Ned Duggan with Bacardi. “We are encouraging people to sip without straws and the mantra we are trying to use is “the future doesn’t suck.”
Spring is an exciting time at the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council— a week ago, we presented at HealthPack 2019, and in May, we are hosting two events focused on understanding and taking advantage of the valuable plastic waste created by healthcare facilities.
Go to our latest blog to learn more and register for "Swimming in Plastics: The Latest in Elimination, Reuse, and Recycling" and "Healthcare Plastics: Unlocking this Potential Feedstock."
Our newest HPRC blog features the fascinating Aneta Clark, Global Market Segment Manager for Medical Packaging at Eastman Chemical. Aneta touches briefly on what her company manufactures, the challenges and the future of healthcare plastics.
Read about what Aneta does in her spare time and why she thinks HPRC is a “fantastic platform to learn about varying points of view on challenges we all share in the industry.”
Healthcare facilities in the U.S. generate about 14,000 tons of waste per day. 25% of it is plastic packaging and products, and— 85% of this plastic waste is non-infectious (meaning it never comes into contact with a patient)! How can recyclers take advantage of this clean plastics waste stream and create value with it?
HPRC has made a Healthcare Plastics: Guidance for Recyclers just for this purpose. Learn more about it and download a copy right here.