HCA | A Standardized Approach to Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling

With renovations and construction constantly underway at Hospital Corporation of America's approximate 160 acute care facilities located in 22 states, the diversion of construction and demolition waste from landfills offered an opportunity for big impact by adopting a standardized approach to Construction and Demolition waste management.  

HCA’s project management team developed C&D Debris Recycling specification language in line with the HHI'sgoals and included it all significant renovation and new construction projects.  While markets for the recycled debris vary regionally, materials such as ceiling tiles, cement, cabinetry, bricks, carpeting and others were successfully segregated for recycling and landfill diversion, yielding a big win for environmental improvement at HCA. 

By focusing on better-managing the waste created during the course of C&Dprojects, 34 HCA hospitals prevented more than  59,000,000 pounds of C&D debris from entering landfills in 2012 alone.  This was an average of 87.59 percent  recycling rate, exceeding the HHI goal of 80 percent.