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BD and Waste Management Launch Initiative to Recycle Medical Sharps
Date:4/13/2011

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. and HOUSTON, April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX) and Waste Management Healthcare Solutions, a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM), today announced an agreement to recycle medical sharps waste from hospitals and other healthcare facilities.  The companies are jointly launching the BD ecoFinity™ Life Cycle Solution, an innovative service that will recycle medical sharps waste and utilize the material to manufacture new products.

Single-use medical devices such as needles and syringes provide clear clinical and public health benefits.  However, hospitals are increasingly concerned with reducing waste and avoiding unnecessary costs.  Drawing upon Waste Management's expertise in the collection and management of medical waste and BD's leadership as a global medical technology company, the BD ecoFinity program will enable hospitals to reduce their environmental footprint and avoid additional costs without compromising patient care. To learn more, visit www.bd.com/ecofinity.

"Our unique integrated environmental solutions increase value by managing materials more efficiently to help lower the costs for our healthcare customers, while maintaining safety and compliance standards," said Mike McInerney, vice president of WM Healthcare Solutions. "We are pleased to be collaborating with BD to move forward our shared vision of safety and sustainability."

"BD's long-term objective is to reduce the environmental impacts of our products at each stage of the life cycle," said Bill Kozy, executive vice president, BD. "The collaboration between Waste Management and BD will help healthcare facilities reduce the materials that go into disposal, and aligns with BD's sustai
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