Read real-life case studies from hospitals all across the country, including spotlights on innovative approaches and unique partnerships. Get inspired, learn something new, and take away implementation ideas for your hospital. Already have a solid recycling program in place? We’d love to hear about it! Consider submitting your healthcare plastics recycling story to HPRC to be included here.
Chicago Regional Recycling Pilot
The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council and Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) facilitated a cooperative, first-of-its-kind regional recycling program in the Chicago area.
With a few exceptions, plastics used in the healthcare industry are single use materials representing a linear “take-make-dispose” economy. In response to current widespread low recycling rates, HPRC and PLASTICS asked the question: Is it possible to radically increase the amount of clinical healthcare plastics managed as technical materials in a circular “make-use-return” economy?