Less Waste

Less Waste

The health care sector has virtually no choice but to become more environmentally responsible. Hospitals and health systems produce an astonishing 11.7 thousand tons of waste each day.  That must change.

And it can. With the Less Waste How-To Guide, participants in the Less Waste Challenge will find the background information and step-by-step guidance needed to reduce, reuse, recycle and segregate waste more effectively, and become better environmental stewards.

Why Less Waste

Waste disposal can cause pollution and have a health impact on communities

  • Hospitals generate a daily average of 26 pounds of waste per staffed bed
  • Evidence has created rising concerns about mercury released from medical waste incinerators, vast volume of waste and pharmaceuticals in drinking water

Review the Less Waste Resources for details of each level of commitment and data measurements required.


Baseline

Report a waste baseline for: Solid waste, regulated medical waste, recycling and hazardous waste. Continue tracking for a three-year minimum.

Level 1

Commit to one of: Regulated medical waste reduction, recycling or construction and demolition diversion goals.

Level 2

Commit to two of: Regulated medical waste reduction, recycling or construction and demolition diversion goals.

Level 3

Commit to three of: Regulated medical waste reduction, recycling or construction and demolition diversion goals.

A

Regulated Medical Waste Reduction:
Reduce RMW to either less than 10 percent of total waste or less than three lbs. per adjusted patient day.

 

B

Recycling:
Achieve a 15 percent recycling rate compared to total waste.

 

C

Construction and Demolition Diversion:
Implement a construction and demolition debris recycling program for major renovations and new construction to achieve at least 80 percent recycle and diversion rate.

 

Resources
File Name Download
Less Waste Fact Sheet.pdf Download File
Less Waste Overview.pdf Download File
Less Waste Measures.pdf Download File
Less Waste Measure Details.pdf Download File
Less Waste Numerical Examples.pdf Download File
C&D Diversion Inforgraphic .pdf Download File
RMW Reduction Infographic .pdf Download File