How Paper Shredders Promote Sustainability and a Greener Environment

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Does paper shredding have a positive impact on the environment? Yes, but not for all the reasons you may think. Businesses consume a lot of paper for packaging, documentation, information management, and more. As a business owner, you should be aware of the importance of disposing your sensitive business documents properly. Keeping private information safe is just as important as sustainability. The …

Healthcare Facilities Plastics Recycling Guide

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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 better understand the economic, regulatory, resourcing and infrastructure nuances that come with it”. The HPRC estimates that healthcare facilities in …

Earth 911 – Recycling Resource

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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 away are two methods to help reduce your carbon footprint.  However, if there are items that can’t be reused, then …

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative Is The Path To Sustainability In Hospitals

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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 and organizations across the nation committed to improving sustainability and safety within the healthcare sector. One of several goals outlined …

Obama Administration Announces Strategy to Promote Electronics Recycling

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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, General Services Administrator Martha N. Johnson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley came together with the …

Pennsylvania Tech Company Distributing Green Decomp Machines

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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 of microbes.  This liquid is then safe to go down drains.  The second technology is a generator that uses waste …

Goodbye Plastic Waste

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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 process which could eliminate this problem. University of Warwick engineers have invented a process that can manage all plastic waste …

Hospital Sustainability Survey

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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. Please take a moment and fill out the survey below. Each person who completes the survey will receive the compiled …

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

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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 your healthcare facility. Inventory Before healthcare facilities implement management practices for waste reduction, they must understand exactly what their hospital …

Hospital Sustainability, Part 6

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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 Mercury Elimination DEHP Elimination and Green Hospital Initiative Red Bag Waste Reduction Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Reprocessed Medical Devices Energy …