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Before You Begin

a Hospital Recycling Program

Welcome to HospiCycle, HPRC’s complete free guide for hospitals implementing plastics recycling programs. To see the full overview, click here.

Before you begin implementing a healthcare plastics recycling program, there are several considerations that should be evaluated and implemented, including hospital readiness, executive support, financial considerations, and resourcing and equipment needs. Tools in this section help you do just that.

Tools for Before You Begin

Common Recyclable Healthcare Plastics

Determine what kinds of plastics your program can include and understand what specific clinical materials they are found in.

Hospital Waste Characterization

Understand your hospital’s waste stream and determine what portion could be impacted by a recycling program.

Hospital Recycling Program Readiness Assessment

Determine whether your hospital is ready to move forward so you can proceed with confidence.

Finding a Recycling Partner

Find the right partner by identifying the best resources for your needs.

Questions to Ask Your Recycler

Guide the discussion with a potential recycling business partner using this list of questions.

Guide to Developing a Plastics Recycling Business Case

Build your business case to request approval and gain buy-in from the hospital executive leadership team.

Economic Analysis

Prepare a full economic analysis in preparation for a new recycling program, or in evaluation of an existing program.

Once you've got your program up and running, we'd love to hear from you! Please submit your feedback and suggestions, or contact us if you would like to be featured in an HPRC case study.

Visit the Getting Started section for the next set of HospiCycle resources.