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Planning a battery recycling program for your health care facility

  • Waste
  • Hazardous and universal waste
  • Guide
  • Recycling
To avoid disposal costs and environmental and human health effects associated with battery disposal in landfills or incinerators, recycle your old batteries. With proper planning, a battery recycling program can provide good public relations, increased employee morale, and potential savings from the elimination of battery disposal.

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Environmental considerations for rapid test kits

  • Sustainable procurement
  • EPP
  • Medical products
  • Waste
  • Mercury
There are several environmental considerations for rapid test screen kits including waste minimization, mercury, and PVC. This guide includes sample request for proposal language and other factors to consider when purchasing rapid test screen kits. 

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RMW Reduction Clinical Plastics Recycling: Clinical Plastics Virginia Mason 2016

  • Waste
  • Reuse or Donate
  • Textile Reuse
  • Exemplary Document
  • Virginia Mason
  • Guide
  • Policy
The Warm Toes Project at Virginia Mason donates PACU socks to the homeless. Virginia Mason has donated an average of 10 pounds of socks per week to Mary's Place Homeless Shelter, which would have otherwise gone in the trash, eliminating disposal costs and diverting 520 pounds per year from the landfill.

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University of Maryland Medical Center: Reusable textiles in the OR

  • Greening the Operating Room Case Study
  • Waste
  • Case Study
University of Maryland Medical Center has been using reusable gowns and basins in their operating rooms for 15 years. In 2007, UMMC staff started a green team to decrease the facility's negative impact on the environment. A review of the hospital's waste disposal system led administrators to reduce the amount of waste the facility generates.

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University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview: OR kit reformulation

  • Greening the Operating Room Case Study
  • Waste
  • Case Study
Through the establishment of a voluntary operating room green team, University of Minnesota Medical Center's Dr. Rafael Andrade has been dedicated to improving the health of the environment by working to reduce the amount of waste his procedures generate.

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Waste Education Legacy Good Samaritan

  • Waste
  • Exemplary Document
  • Legacy Health
  • Education
  • Presentation
  • Waste
Health care is a huge generator of waste materials. While some wastes are difficult to avoid, many waste types can be reduced, and others can be recovered and recycled. This employee education presentation focuses on the best ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, and properly dispose of waste in Legacy Health facilities.

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Waste Education Legacy Good Samaritan

  • Waste
  • Exemplary Document
  • Legacy Health
  • Education
  • Presentation
  • Waste
Health care is a huge generator of waste materials. While some wastes are difficult to avoid, many waste types can be reduced, and others can be recovered and recycled. This employee education presentation focuses on the best ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, and properly dispose of waste in Legacy Health facilities.

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Waste Education University of Vermont Medical Center

  • Waste
  • Exemplary Document
  • UVM Medical Center
  • Presentation
  • Education
  • Recycling
Open this resource to view an employee education presentation from the University of Vermont Medical Center on recycling.

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A Guide to Batteries Used in Health Care

  • Waste
  • Guide
  • Recycling
Several types of batteries are used in hospitals, many of which contain mercury and may also contain other heavy metals such as lead and cadmium. These metals may be a potential threat to human health and the environment if improperly disposed. This guide provides information on different types of batteries found in health care environments and the proper disposal options for them.

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Legacy Health - Hazardous Materials Procedures

  • Waste
  • Exemplary Document
  • Legacy Health
Legacy Health's definitions of and procedures for hazardous materials.

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