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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

t Service is now considered a best practice at all the top hospitals," said Garren Colvin, COO and executive vice president of St. Elizabeth Healthcare in the greater Cincinnati region. "It is a necessity to dramatically reduce health and safety risks associated with sharps and to increase quality. Stericycle's service helped us better understand the types of containers we need and the safe placement of them. This is critical when realizing St. Elizabeth Healthcare, since 2008 when we began the service, has prevented 150,500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions by diverting 257,107 pounds of plastic from landfills," said Colvin.

"Hospitals can be congratulated for this major milestone. Yet there is more that we can do, and will continue to do," said Josh Miller, sustainability coordinator for Spectrum Health, a nine-hospital system in Michigan. "In our quest to become more sustainable, we've prevented 123,629 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions since 2008 by using reusable sharps containers. Efforts like the Sharps Management Service become a mandate for patient safety, for employee safety and for the environment," noted Miller.

"As a leader in healthcare, we are committed to sustainability efforts that protect people and reduce risk. We started the service in 2004 and are proud to be part of a national movement of healthcare facilities that reached this milestone and contributed to reducing carbon footprints," said Andy Lorio, assistant vice president of support services at Ochsner Health System in Louisiana.

(1) Sharps are medical devices that include needles, scalpels and other objects.
(2) The University Chicago Medical Center, 2009
(3) Schwartz, Judith D. "Putting Health Care on an Energy Diet." TIME, November 10, 2008.

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