Inspiring and Enabling Plastic Recycling

Solutions in Healthcare


Healthcare facilities in the United States generate approximately 14,000 tons of waste per day, most of which is being disposed of in landfills or by incineration. It is estimated that between 20 and 25 percent of that 14,000 tons can be attributed to plastic packaging and plastic products. In addition, 85 percent of the hospital waste generated is non-hazardous, meaning free from patient contact and contamination. In conclusion, the potential for plastics recycling in hospitals is significant to environmental impacts


HPRC is a private, technical consortium of industry peers across the healthcare, recycling, and waste management industries seeking to improve the recyclability of plastic products and packaging within healthcare. Founded in 2010, and made up of globally recognized members, HPRC engages in pioneering projects designed to help boost plastics recycling efforts in clinical settings of hospitals.


Committed to continuous dialogue, HPRC explores ways to enhance the economics, efficiency, and ultimately the quality and quantity of healthcare plastics collected for recycling.


Our Vision 

All healthcare plastics are safely and effectively recycled and widely accepted as a valuable resource.

Our Mission 

Collaborate across the value chain to inspire and enable the healthcare community to implement viable, safe, and cost-effective recycling solutions for plastics products and packaging used in the delivery of healthcare.


Circular Economy

HPRC is also actively engaged with Circular Economy and New Plastics Economy concepts, working to create actionable tools and guidelines to enable healthcare plastics to be a leader in CE best practices. 

Learn more on the HPRC SlideShare page here.


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