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Getting Started

with 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.


Once you have confirmed your hospital’s commitment to sustainability and readiness, it is time to develop your healthcare plastics recycling program. Tools within this section help you characterize your waste, create partnerships to recycle selected healthcare plastics, and establish a recycling strategy for managing the plastics included in your program. 

Tools for Getting Started

Selecting a Recycling Strategy

Determine which of three proven approaches to recycling is right for your hospital.

Staff Training Tools and Templates

Customize templates to help you prepare training materials for hospital staff. 

Material Flow and Logistics

Tips to help you develop and streamline your plastics recycling program.

Space Guidance

Calculate the amount of space needed for recycling and how to organize it, with additional tips for hospitals dealing with limited available space.

Recycling Equipment Guide

Explore various types of recycling equipment and how to discuss your needs with your recycling partner.

Regulatory Resources and Guidelines

Understand how federal, state, and local laws on recycling can help you create an effective 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 Running & Improving your Program section for the next set of HospiCycle resources.