Medical Plastics Recycling

Medical Plastics Recycling Medical Plastics Recycling

University Hospitals solidified a partnership with a local organization to capture our OR medical plastics, in large part polypropylene “blue wrap,” for recycling. Called Buckeye Industries, this organization trains and employs developmentally disabled adults to capture, segregate and redistribute the medical plastics for recycling. Capturing of OR medical plastics began in 2013, and the year ended with about half of our medical centers contributing to Buckeye. We will continue to incorporate facilities not currently participating as logistical barriers are overcome. The medical plastics recycling program has been incredibly successful thus far; we have recycled over 32,000 pounds of OR materials that would otherwise have gone into the landfill. This program is a win-win for UH and our community: we are saved waste costs, and since adding UH’s recyclables to their collection, Buckeye Industries has been able to add 30 new developmentally disabled adults into its training program.

15 Environmental Excellence awards

UH received 15 Environmental Excellence awards from Practice Greenhealth, including the prestigious System for Change award, for our systemwide achievements in sustainability in 2013.