Accredited Education


Developed by the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council as a compliment to its HospiCycle tool, and sponsored for continuing education credit by Pfiedler Enterprises, A Plastic Recycling Guide for Hospitals is intended to assist hospitals in navigating the process of initiating a plastics recycling program in a patient care setting.


The Guide addresses the economic, regulatory, resourcing and infrastructure considerations of activating a plastics recycling program in a hospital, from initial planning and business decisions through program implementation and improvement. The focus of the Guide is on clean, non-infectious plastic waste materials, as this stream can represent up to 25 percent of a hospital's total waste.


Topics covered in the Guide include how to:


  • Develop a business case for a plastics recycling program

  • Evaluate financial impacts of program implementation

  • Conduct a waste characterization

  • Select an optimal recycling strategy

  • Find a recycling partner

  • Assess critical infrastructure requirements

  • Establish metrics and auditing guidelines


Content is based on the collaborative experience and technical knowledge of HPRC members along with data, lessons learned and key insights from plastic waste pilot study work conducted with Stanford University Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente, who serve in an advisory role to HPRC.


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