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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

ay to measure the impact of their activities on the environment."

One unique measurement tool that hospitals can use is the Carbon Footprint Estimator developed by Stericycle using EPA guidelines to quantify the impact of reusable containers compared to disposable ones.

This tool shows that hospitals collectively using Stericycle's SMS have helped prevent almost 132 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from not sending almost 226 million pounds of plastic to landfills since 1986. These numbers equate to not burning 6.8 million gallons of gas.

Hospitals, which operate every day, all day long, have a large impact on the environment. A study by the University of Chicago Hospitals(2) found that the American healthcare sector accounts for 8 percent of the U.S. carbon footprint. The analysis found that hospitals are by far the largest contributor of carbon emissions in the healthcare sector, and the second most energy-intensive industry(3).  

"With Stericycle's Sharps Management Service using Bio Systems reusable containers, we significantly decrease our carbon footprint. By switching to reusable containers we stopped buying disposable containers. With more than 1.4 million patient visits a year, there are hundreds of thousands of pounds less plastic and cardboard going to landfills. Equally important is managing the regulatory compliance and avoiding significant costs since we implemented the program in 2006," stated Marshall Heins, Chief Facility Services Officer of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston. 

Proving the program's efficacy in both safety and sustainability, in an independent national survey of 53 hospitals using the SMS, 69 percent of those facilities now have established green teams to focus on greening their operations; all have achieved a 100-percent sustained reduction in needle sticks.

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