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Plastic Packaging Hospital Waste Recycling Initiative Kicks Off in the US

Plastic Packaging Hospital Waste Recycling Initiative Kicks Off in the US

The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) kicked off a new project this week to identify successful strategies for recycling the multi-material flexible plastic packaging that is currently being discarded as hospital waste. In collaboration with researchers from UMass Lowell’s Plastics Engineering Department, HPRC plans to test whether commercially available compatibilizers … Read more »

World’s Largest General Veterinary Practice Cuts Waste, Saves Costs

World’s Largest General Veterinary Practice Cuts Waste, Saves Costs

Banfield Pet Hospital, the world’s largest general veterinary practice, reduced its carbon footprint, cut waste, and saved on hospital costs in 2017, according to their newly published CSR report.

Hospitals’ Water Costs Rise as Use Recedes, Study Shows

Hospitals’ Water Costs Rise as Use Recedes, Study Shows

Hospital water and sewer use is gradually declining, but that doesn’t mean hospitals are saving as much money as they are water: prices are rising, now averaging 42 cents per square foot versus 24 cents as recently as 2007, indicates a new report.

Product Design for the Circular Economy: Q&A with Sterilis

Product Design for the Circular Economy: Q&A with Sterilis

“Listen to your customers. Everybody is looking to cut costs, remove inefficiencies, and do the right thing. They’re pursuing sustainability initiatives and they have ideas.” Bob Winskowicz and Jeff Bell from the medical waste processing device company Sterilis discuss product design for the circular economy.

How Hospitals, Recyclers Can Make Recycling Healthcare Plastics Economically Viable

How Hospitals, Recyclers Can Make Recycling Healthcare Plastics Economically Viable

To address low recycling rates and increase the amount of healthcare plastics managed in a circular economy approach, the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council and the Plastics Industry Association launched a multi-hospital plastics recycling project in the Chicago area.

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Will This EPA Strategy Ease Hazardous Waste Compliance Burdens for Retailers?

To address a disconnect between rigorous federal hazardous waste rules and their real-world use, the EPA has proposed a Retail Strategy to help companies in the retail sector better identify and manage hazardous waste.

How Reprocessing Medical Devices Can Save Millions While Diverting Waste

How Reprocessing Medical Devices Can Save Millions While Diverting Waste

Medical waste — more than 5.4 tons per year for an average operating room — costs each operating room about $5,243, according to the 2015 Practice Greenhealth Sustainability Benchmark Report. A partnership between Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, which manufacturers surgical devices and and Intermountain Healthcare is tackling this issue, … Read more »

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EPA’s Hazardous Waste Rules Need Changes, Retailers Say

New hazardous waste rules will limit retailers’ ability to recycle or reuse unsold consumer products and pharmaceuticals and could cost retailers millions — if not billions — annually, according to a handful of trade associations. The EPA proposed the waste management regulations in September in an attempt to protect waterways and … Read more »

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Is Carbon Divestment Just Useless Public Shaming?

The carbon divestment trend seemed to be slowing with Microsoft founder Bill Gates labeling divestment “a false solution” and universities with major endowments including Harvard and MIT resisting pressure from activists and deciding not to divest. But then last week at COP21, 350.org and Divest-Invest, two organizations coordinating the fossil … Read more »

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