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{Past Event} - Recycling 101 — Learn the basics on training, implementing and tracking

March 10, 2006 - 1:00 pm - March 10, 2006 - 1:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


One of the most effective means of reducing waste is through implementation and maintenance of recycling programs. Most hospitals that implement corrugated box and office paper recycling programs have reduced their waste haulage fees. Some hospitals not only reduce waste fees, but earn money through the marketing of the material. Now that HIPAA requires destruction of protected health information (PHI), recycling programs can address this requirement through recycling. H2E Environmental Leadership Award Winners recycle more than 25% of their waste streams. H2E Partner for Change Award winners recycle a minimum of 10% of their waste stream. H2E received a record number of award applications for 2006! Award winners will be announced in March.

Takehome Value

Ed Barr of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital will share his experience with recycling in health care facilities – from corrugated boxes, to office paper and more. Learn how you can get started, or add additional materials to your existing recycling program. Learn how to implement, find vendors, educate staff, maintain and monitor programs. Whether you’re just getting started or have several programs under your belt, this call will help you in determining next steps.


Janet Brown, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
After working as the Medical Waste Manager for 13 years at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, Janet joined H2E as the Partner Coordinator in 2005. Janet works with individual partner facilities in their data collection, goal setting, implementation and maintenance of environmental programs.

Ed Barr, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Email:   Telephone: 215-955-6213
Ed Barr is the Manager of Support Services at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital a 650-bed teaching hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jefferson hospital is part of the Jefferson Health System, which is the largest hospital system in the Greater Philadelphia region. His experience in the field of waste management includes: Operating and shutting down a medical waste incinerator, starting an award winning recycling program, the monthly audit of Jefferson’s waste at the landfill, the installation and operation of two generations of medical waste autoclaves and the midnight covert following of infectious waste trucks to New York and Ohio.

Since 1989 Ed has developed and managed Jefferson’s recycling program starting with a cardboard baler and several dozen Toters for glass and aluminum. The program has evolved over the last 15 years to include: mixed office paper, plastics, electronics, kitchen grease, clean medical supplies, old medical equipment and office furniture. Jefferson’s recycling program has been recognized by the United States EPA, city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hospital Association, American Hospital Association and the Greater Philadelphia Commercial Recycling Council for cost savings and resources saved through recycling and waste minimization. Ed is serving as president of Greater Philadelphia Ashes the largest affiliated society in the United States. In September of 2003 he received National Ashes highest honor the “Phoenix” award for his leadership on the environment. In 2002 the national Ashes honored him as the first recipient of the Owen J. Flynn community service award for his work with environmental issues.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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