Inspiring and Enabling Plastic Recycling Solutions in Healthcare

Modern healthcare would not be possible without the use of plastic. It has proved to be one of the few versatile materials that has been able to adapt along with the dynamic nature of the healthcare industry, delivering benefits that include sterility, quality, durability, and most significantly, patient and healthcare worker safety. However, despite the many benefits, there are also unintended environmental consequences with single-use plastics in healthcare, namely the waste that they create. In 2020, over 32 billion pounds of healthcare plastics were produced globally, and is expected to grow to 48 billion pounds by 2025. Most of which is being disposed of in landfills or by incineration and much of this material is uncontaminated and recyclable.

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. Understanding that regulatory landscapes and infrastructure for recycling are different by geography, HPRC is active across the United States and Europe working with key stakeholders, identifying opportunities for collaboration and participating in industry events and forums.


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 circular economy best practices.

Latest Posts

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Joins HPRC Advisory Board

HPRC is pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to its Healthcare Facility Advisory Board, a role intended to help the council set priorities and steer the agenda toward its mission of inspiring and enabling sustainable, cost-effective recycling solutions for plastic products and materials used in the delivery of healthcare.

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HPRC Signs Circular Plastics Alliance Declaration 

We are excited to announce that the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) has become a signatory of the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA) declaration. The Circular Plastics Alliance is an initiative formed under the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy to help plastics value chains boost the EU market for recycled plastics to 10 million tonnes by 2025.

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