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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.

Walgreen’s Navigates National Waste Regulations: Q&A with Senior VP Rick Gates

Walgreen’s Navigates National Waste Regulations: Q&A with Senior VP Rick Gates

Rick Gates, senior vice president of pharmacy and healthcare at Walgreens, discusses the evolution of the retailer’s safe medication disposal program.

Sustainability Key for Medical Device Packaging Market

Sustainability Key for Medical Device Packaging Market

Medical device packaging manufacturers are realizing a need in their market for sustainable and cost-efficient packaging, a new research report from Future Market Insights shows. Called “Medical Device Packaging Market: Global Industry Analysis 2012 – 2016 and Opportunity Assessment 2017 – 2027,” the FMI report published this month analyzes the … Read more »

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.

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Safe Shredding of Dangerous Waste

Lindner-Recyclingtech’s tailor-made shredder has helped its customer Ecoltecnica shred medical waste efficiently and in a manner that is safe to workers and the environment, the company says. Italian company Ecoltecnica required a shredder that would not only meet the stipulations of European law for processing hazardous waste, but that would … Read more »

Hospitals Face Ebola Waste Challenges

Based on US hospital experiences to date, one Ebola patient will likely generate eight 55-gallon barrels of medical waste per day, making storage, transportation, and disposal of the waste a major challenge for hospitals, according to the California Hospital Association. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended … Read more »

Hospital Sustainability Spending on the Rise

Hospital Sustainability Spending on the Rise

Fifty-four percent of global health care professionals say their hospitals currently incorporate sustainability into purchasing decisions, and 80 percent expect that to be the case in two years, according to a Harris Poll commissioned by Johnson & Johnson. The global findings are similar to those of US health care providers, … Read more »

Sharps Launches Ship-Back Recycling Program

Sharps Compliance will promote Veolia’s Recyclepak, a lighting and battery ship-back recycling program, marketing this service to customers as a complement to Sharps’ line of unused medication and medical waste management services. About 680 million mercury-containing lamps are discarded each year with about 25 percent to 30 percent being properly … Read more »

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