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{Past Event} - Green Operations Series: Greening Sharps Management and Disposal

January 12, 2012 - 2:00 pm - January 12, 2012 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Daylight Time


Hospitals generate approximately 26.8 pounds of waste per staffed bed per day. Practice Greenhealth award winning facilities, on average, segregate 9% of that as potentially infectious material, or regulated medical waste. A subset of this 9% is sharps waste – that is, anything that can cut or puncture the skin. Proper sharps management is a regulatory, safety, infection control and environmental issue. Whether using disposable, recyclable or reusable sharps containers, hospitals benefit from a close scrutiny of this process to improve efficiency, safety and associated costs.  

Learn about sharps management and hear two case studies – one with a reusable sharps management program and one that recycles both the container and its contents. Join us and bring your team!


  • Overview of the environmental impacts of regulated medical waste management & disposal
  • Identify safety concerns with sharps management, including overfilled containers and needlesticks; delineate proper syringe, sharps and packaging segregation & disposal
  • Highlight 3 environmentally preferable attributes for sharps management
  • Recycled-content sharps containers
  • Reusable sharps container systems
  • Sharps recycling systems
  • Differentiate turn-key vs. self-run sharps systems
  • Highlight case study data from a Reusable Sharps Container System and a Sharps Recycling System, including an overview of each program, perceived environmental benefits and financial savings, as well identifying barriers and strategies for successful implementation.


Alison Waske, Sustainable Business Officer, Metro Health Hospital
Alison became Metro Health Hospital’s Sustainable Business Officer in the fall of 2010.  As the Sustainable Business Officer, she is responsible for the program management of a comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS) that includes execution, development, and the advancement of Metro's sustainable business strategy, sustainable product procurement, waste elimination, reductions in energy and water consumption and environmental health and quality improvements for the patients and employees of Metro Health Hospital and hospital based programs at Enterprise sites. 


Tom Kelly, Energy & Sustainability Manager, Montefiore
Tom Kelly has worked in the energy sector for the past fourteen years.  Tom left the utility to promote energy policy at the local, state, and federal level by working for Pace University's Energy & Climate Center for two years. He worked to promote clean energy generation including combined heat & power, solar, biomass, and wind power. Some notable accomplishments include being appointed Vice-President of the Northeast Clean Heat & Power Initiative (NECHPI) and contributed to several awarded energy and environmental grants at the state and federal level.

 Tom was hired by Montefiore as its Energy & Sustainability Manager to create a corporate energy and sustainability plan and provide energy education and outreach services to all departments. Some environmental notable projects Tom is working on include a waste segregation initiative including the BD Ecofinity program and a composting project. Some notable energy projects include electric charging vehicle stations, cogeneration, and a lighting retrofit.  

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