Stanford Pilot Study Lessons Learned

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Stanford Pilot Study Lessons Learned

Re: Plastics Recycling in a Clinical Setting
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 10:40am


Stanford Healthcare partnered with the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council in the Summer of 2012 to conduct a pilot study on plastics recycling in the clinical setting.

With over 20,000 pounds of plastics collected, the pilot case study facilitated a better understanding of plastics in the medical waste stream and best practices in collection, transport, and minimizing potential for contamination. With this understanding, HPRC aims to help further develop a national recycling system that is safe, repeatable, economically viable and environmentally sound through long-term landfill avoidance.

Read about the lessons learned here.

About HPRC

HPRC is a private technical coalition of industry peers across healthcare, recycling and waste management industries seeking to improve recyclability of plastic products within healthcare. HPRC is made up of brand leading and globally recognized members including Nelipak, Baxter, BD, Cardinal Health, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Ravago Manufacturing Americas and SABIC Innovative Plastics. The council convenes biannually at meetings hosted by an HPRC member that include facility tours to further learning and knowledge sharing opportunities through first-hand demonstration of best practices in sustainable product and packaging design and recycling processes. For more information, visit

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