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Case Studies

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.

Featured Case Study

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?

 

Kaiser Permanente and Cleveland Clinic
Kaiser Permanente and Cleveland Clinic
Thinking Outside the Box for Potential Recycling Partners
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
A Recycling Program Fueled by Creative Cooperation and Innovation
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Stanford Medical Center
Stanford Medical Center
Lessons Learned from Plastic Recycling in a Clinical Setting
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Health Partners
Health Partners
How Getting Staff Involved and Engaged and Leveraging Local Resources Led to Success
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Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
How Grassroots Efforts and Solid Planning Helped Overcome Silos and Enable Healthcare Plastics Recycling
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Gundersen Health System
Gundersen Health System
How Walking in Staff’s Shoes and Keeping Space in Mind Led to Program Success
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