New tools available for healthcare plastics recycling

New tools available for healthcare plastics recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council has released tools and best practices guidelines to assist hospitals in initiating a plastics recycling program.

HospiCycle offers a step-by-step guide on how to begin and administer a plastics recycling program, including assessing the economic feasibility of a plastics recycling program, understanding relevant regulations, identifying staff and available resources, and securing infrastructure and logistics to make it happen. The guide also offers tips on conducting a waste characterization study and selecting a recycling partner.

"While hospitals have been champions of recycling for decades, efforts have largely focused on food service and administrative functions," says HPRC director Tod Christenson. "The challenge that hospitals are facing now is how to successfully integrate recycling practices into patient care. HospiCycle serves as a comprehensive how-to guide for hospitals seeking to advance their sustainability program by recycling plastic product and packaging waste generated in their facilities."

HPRC estimates that between 20-25 percent of the 6,600 tons of waste generated annually by healthcare facilities is plastic scrap. More hospital recycling initiatives were recently covered in Resource Recycling.

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