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St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center | Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) Reduction

Since 2009, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center has reduced their regulated medical waste (RMW) from 10 to seven percent of total waste, saving an estimated $2,000 per year in waste disposal fees. The operating room and endoscopy personnel identified opportunities for improvement. This win-win opportunity was accomplished through education, improved segregation and regular audits.

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Hudson Hospital & Clinic | Recycling

Environmental degradation of the St. Croix River prompted community leaders of its border communities to come together to address the issue and resolve to improve river health by improving operations in their respective organizations. Hudson Hospital & Clinic successfully implemented a paper use reduction initiative and enhanced recycling program, which became a building block to ongoing organizational performance improvement. Since 2010, Hudson Hospital and Clinic achieved a median recycling rate of 37.60 percent of total hospital waste (HHI goal: 15 percent).

Anne Arundel Medical Center | C&D Debris Diversion

As a component of an application to apply for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for a new construction project, AAMC set a goal to achieve a 50 to 75 percent diversion rate of demolition and construction debris. 

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Waste Reduction Strides at Two Critical Access Hospitals

Critical access hospitals such as the 6-bed Vidant Bertie and the 49-bed Vidant Chowan can make significant improvements in waste reduction despite the relatively small volumes of waste they generate. By installing a recycling dumpster at Bertie and compactors at Chowan, EVS Manager Lizbeth White has seen a 34 percent decrease in cost of solid waste removal at one hospital and 63 percent volume reduction at another. Key waste reduction programs include replacing desk-side trash cans with recycling bins, 96 percent polystyrene elimination, and recycling 67 percent of operating room(OR) waste. Small hospitals can be more conducive to experimenting with different initiatives, but face the challenge of spreading their ideas to the health system as a whole and scaling up their environmental and economic benefits.

Recycling at Catholic Health Initiatives

Linda MacDonald and Laura Krausa explain the recycling effort at Catholic Health Initiatives

The Recycle Mash

Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System, and the OR staff creatively display their sustainability strategies to reduce waste in their operating rooms.

Bon Secours Charity Health System

Disposing of regulated medical waste safely and efficiently is a major concern for any medical facility. Our Charity Health System serves more than half a million people in a seven-county area of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, generating enormous amounts of waste. At the same time, Bon Secours Health System prides itself on being a leader in providing high quality, cost-effective health care with a strong commitment to environmental and employee welfare.

Dignity Health | Reprocessing Single Use Devices

Reprocessing single-use devices (SUDs) allows Dignity Health to better utilize limited resources. In FY2013, Dignity Health saved over $8 million and eliminated more than 271,000 pounds of medical waste by reprocessing SUDs. Over the last four years, Dignity Health has saved more than $27 million and eliminated more than 872,000 pounds of medical waste from our nation’s landfills.

Partners HealthCare and Roxbury Technology Toner Recycling Program

Partners HealthCare uses thousands of imaging products (ink and toner cartridges) for printing, copying, and faxing. Ink and toner cartridges, when not recycled usually end up in landfills. As part of its sustainability and Patient Affordability program, Partner’s sought to grow a closed loop manufacturing process in partnership with Roxbury Technology and to prevent cartridges from ending up in landfills.

Less Waste: Red Bag Reduction Success at Inova Fairfax Hospital

With Regulated Medical Waste removal fees five to ten times more expensive than solid waste, hospitals benefit from reducing the generation rate to 10% of total waste through improved segregation. Hospitals generating more than 10% RMW are throwing dollars in the waste stream.


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