Management forms Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council with healthcare
Eight companies across the healthcare, recycling
and waste management industries have come together to form a
technical coalition seeking to inspire and enable sustainable,
cost effective recycling solutions for plastic products and materials
used in the delivery of healthcare.
The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) is made up of
members from Becton, Dickinson and Company, Cardinal Health,
Engineered Plastics, DuPont, Hospira, Johnson & Johnson,
Kimberly Clark and Waste Management.
Understanding that the potential for plastics recycling is significant
to both reducing environmental and human health impacts, HPRC
exists in a collaborative effort to be a change agent for sustainable
healthcare product and packaging lifecycle with the end goal
of increasing the overall recycling of healthcare plastics. HPRC
is unique in its focus on identification of plastics recycling
barriers and solution development along the entire value chain,
seeking to affect plastics recycling from healthcare product
design and manufacturing through product use, disposal and recycle.
HPRC is currently engaged in three initiatives aimed at enabling
recycling of select plastics. The first initiative, healthcare
plastics value chain mapping, is focused on defining the healthcare
value chain and identifying issues and barriers that disable
plastics recycling. The second initiative, design for recycling
guidelines, is focused on developing a document that articulates
product and packaging designs that could enhance recycling potential.
The third initiative, pilot study programs within healthcare
facilities, is focused on building a data model to facilitate
economic analysis of plastics recycling.