September 16, 2018

Reusing Waste Containers: A Key Sustainability Strategy

As healthcare organizations aim to be better environmental stewards, one avenue they can—and should—explore involves limiting the waste they send to landfills. This goes beyond merely recycling paper, glass and aluminum cans—it requires organizations to carefully consider how they can reuse certain supplies to curb the amount they ultimately throw out. One such opportunity relates to medical waste receptacles.

When it comes to sharps management, for example, using a reusable sharps container allows organizations to provide a safer and environmentally-friendly solution that simultaneously protects staff from accidental needlesticks and minimizes the amount of plastic that enters a landfill.

With a focus on sustainability services that help organizations meet their environmental goals, Stericycle has the necessary expertise to advise our clients on the most appropriate containers and solutions. Through our Sharps Management Service, we provide reusable containers, pick them up when they are full and disinfect them in preparation for reuse. As a result of this program, we have diverted 48.3 million pounds of plastic from sharps containers in 2017.

Since sustainability is a top priority for us at Stericycle, we can also help you uncover additional ways to preserve the environment. For instance, we can work with you to develop a pharmaceutical waste management program that safely and securely disposes of dangerous drugs—keeping them out of the surrounding water supply. We can also ensure your medical waste program is compliant with state and federal regulations, mitigating contamination risk and safeguarding staff, patients and the community at large.

To learn more about Stericycle’s commitment to sustainability and how we can help your organization go green, check out our “Every Day is Earth Day” video, or call 855-602-6279.

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