New recycling test focuses on Stanford Medical Center


A new major project will explore the potential for more plastics recycling in American hospitals.

The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) will work with the Stanford University Medical Center to establish a six-month pilot study to develop a better understanding of plastic waste characterization within healthcare facilities. The goal is to collect and analyze data related to materials, types, volumes and sources of pre-patient plastic waste at Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto, CA.

"This pilot work is momentous as we work towards our mission of inspiring and enabling sustainable, cost-effective recycling solutions for plastic products used in the delivery of healthcare," says Tod Christenson, director of HPRC. "The information captured from this study will provide valuable insight into the barriers and challenges of recycling mixed plastics in hospitals. From these learnings, HPRC can then contribute meaningful fact and experience-based guidance on plastics recycling to other healthcare facilities."....
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