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Hospital Leaders Partner with Stericycle to Reach 25-Year Milestone of Keeping 100 Million Disposable Sharps Containers Out of U.S. Landfills
Date:6/22/2011

LAKE FOREST, Ill., June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Stericycle, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRCL) announced today it is reaching a milestone with its Sharps Management Service (SMS).  Nationally, hospitals have partnered with Stericycle by using the SMS to safely and sustainably dispose of sharps(1) containers.  Thanks to this collaborative effort, the number of containers kept out of landfills has reached the 100 million mark. Many of these hospitals are listed as The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals.

The milestone is being announced in time for the 38th annual Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) 2011 conference in Baltimore from June 27-29.  The theme for this year's conference: Translating Science—Sustainable Solutions.

The sharps management service using Bio Systems reusable containers began in 1986. Today, everyday of the working week a hospital removes its disposable containers and Stericycle replaces them with Bio Systems reusable containers.

The eco-friendly reusable Bio Systems containers are proactively exchanged by specially trained service technicians before they become full, which decreases the number of needle sticks to staff.  Next, the full containers are sent to one of Stericycle's Bio Systems container treatment facilities, where they are robotically opened, emptied and disinfected, fully inspected and returned to an acute healthcare facility ready to reuse.

"One reusable sharps container can be utilized 600 times preventing 600 disposable containers from going to landfills," explained Debra Gillmeister, Stericycle's director of healthcare services. "We encourage hospitals to estimate their diminished carbon footprint as a w
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