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Healthcare Facilities Plastics Recycling Guide

The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) has released HospiCycle, a plastics recycling guide for healthcare facilities.  According to the HPRC website, the purpose of the guide is to “help hospitals successfully integrate recycling practices into a patient care setting, and … Continue reading

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Earth 911 – Recycling Resource

As climate change continues to be a serious problem that requires immediate attention, it is at times difficult to know how you as an individual can make an impact.  Reducing consumption and reusing items that would other wise be thrown … Continue reading

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The Healthier Hospitals Initiative Is The Path To Sustainability In Hospitals

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is an excellent example of how hospitals are beginning to realize that sustainable principles have a major role in the healthcare sector.  Created in May of 2010, HHI is a coalition of major health systems … Continue reading

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Obama Administration Announces Strategy to Promote Electronics Recycling

On Wednesday July 20, 2011, the Obama Administration unveiled a federal strategy that promotes the electronics recycling market.  The announcement was made at a certified electronics recycling center in Austin, Texas.  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Tech Company Distributing Green Decomp Machines

Earth Bio Technologies (EBtech), a company located in Glenside, PA has become the only distributor in the area to offer two decomposition technologies for food waste.  The first is a machine that converts food waste to liquids by the use … Continue reading

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Goodbye Plastic Waste

A significant amount of household plastic ends up in landfills each year.  This is due in part to our own laziness, but also due to the expensive and labor intensive recycling process.  However, the University of Warwick has developed a … Continue reading

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Hospital Sustainability Survey

After writing our Hospital Sustainability series (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6) we were interested in learning more about your hospital or medical center’s “green” initiatives. We have created a brief survey to help us gather further information. … Continue reading

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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal and Best Management Practices (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of our series on Pharmaceutical Waste, we discussed the EPA Draft Proposal to add hazardous pharmaceutical wastes to the Universal Waste Rule.   In Part 2, we discuss methods for reducing the quantity of pharmaceutical wastes generated in … Continue reading

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Hospital Sustainability, Part 6

In this final entry in our 6-part series on hospital sustainability, we will discuss food, chemicals, commuting, pest management, recycling “blue wrap” and “single stream” recycling. Here are links to the previous five parts in the series: Green Team and … Continue reading

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Hospital Sustainability, Part 4

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Green Medical Center (our fictitious hospital which is based on a Philadelphia-area hospital), through its Green Team, Purchasing Department and employees are encouraged by hospital administration to purchase the safest, least toxic and most environmentally friendly products … Continue reading

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