Hospital implements recycling, conservation programs to diminish environmental impact
New Britain [March 29 2010] -
The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC) today announced its newest commitment to air and water quality standards and diminishing its environmental impact by implementing several of the Stericycle company’s waste stream solutions.
These “green” initiatives are implemented with Stericycle, which provides the hospital’s medical waste disposal and other services. The initiatives focus on reusable sharps containers, proper pharmaceutical waste disposal and overall recycling efforts.
The latest initiatives with Stericycle are part of the hospital’s comprehensive, award-winning efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling, which began in 2004. These efforts include the use of energy-efficient equipment, recycling of everything from chemicals to cans and bottles to electronics, and other measures.
In May, the hospital will launch Stericycle’s Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Program, aimed at keeping certain medications out of the environment. While the hospital has always followed current state and federal regulations on proper disposal of certain pharmaceuticals deemed potentially hazardous, research is revealing the potential detrimental effects of other pharmaceuticals not covered by regulations. Pharmaceutical waste can be complex and ultimately affects the nation’s water supply if not disposed of properly. The waste must be characterized, segregated, and transported in compliance with EPA, DOT and other regulators.
HCC has also begun using reusable containers for all of its used sharps, such as needles and scalpels, to help keep plastic out of landfills. The hospital expects in one year to prevent 27,553 pounds of carbon emissions by diverting 47,008 pounds of plastic and 2,508 pounds of cardboard from landfills. This number is the equivalent of not burning 1,419 gallons of gasoline1. Since 1986, U.S. hospitals like HCC that are using the Stericycle Sharps Management System Bio Systems reusable containers have kept more than 78 million disposable containers out of landfills. Each reusable container saves the equivalent of 600 from later going to landfills.
According to Tom Vaccarelli, senior director of facilities at HCC, “By using these types of programs, the hospital is driving environmental best practices, staying ahead of regulatory compliance and reducing costs. We intend to reinvest these savings in more healthcare programs that benefit our patients, staff and the community.” Vaccarelli added, “These programs help HCC minimize the complexities of managing many of our waste streams. Along with a hospital’s regulatory risk and associated costs, maintaining state and federal compliance and focusing on green outcomes are just a few objectives that these programs help us meet.”
The Hospital of Central Connecticut is a 414-bed, 32-bassinet, acute-care hospital with campuses in New Britain and Southington. The hospital provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services in general medicine and surgery and a wide variety of specialties. Visit www.thocc.org.
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