Northampton, MA – News Direct – Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council
June 2, 2022 / 3BL Media / – The Hygienic Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) for her Healthcare Facility Advisory Council (HFAB), a role that aims to help the Board set priorities and guide the agenda toward its mission of inspiring and enabling sustainable and cost-effective recycling solutions for plastics products and materials used in healthcare delivery. Specifically, HFAB members assist the Board in identifying high-value needs and business opportunities, sharing firsthand perspective and understanding the recycling barriers that exist within their facilities, and providing access to hospital-wide data, information and resources.
“Healthy plastics recycling is a multifaceted and complex topic,” says Bellina Chu, Executive Director of HPRC. “We depend on leading healthcare organizations in the field of sustainability to provide valuable input to our work and help us identify opportunities where we can make the greatest impact. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is known for its achievements in the area of sustainability and would make an excellent addition to our advisory board.”
Located in Boston, BIDMC is one of the preeminent academic medical centers in the country and is committed to providing excellence in clinical care, research, and outreach to the community. It is also a teaching hospital in Harvard Medical School.
“At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, environmental responsibility plays an integral role in our mission to provide exceptional care where the patient comes first,” says Avery Palardi, director of the Sustainability Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “We have a strong commitment to sustainability and in 2020 we set sustainability goals for all of our focus areas: waste, water, energy, food, responsible procurement, healthy building, transportation and sharing.”
More specifically, the center has set a zero waste goal that seeks to divert more than 80% of non-hazardous solid waste from landfill or incineration by 2030 through efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle, compost or technology.
“We hope that by partnering with HPRC as a member of the advisory board, we will be able to combine our efforts and purchasing power to drive market change across the industry and make a meaningful impact in the world of plastics,” concludes Ballardi.
In recent years, BIDMC . has been Recognized locally and nationally For their efforts in sustainability, including being named a Climate Harmless Healthcare Champion, winner of the EPA National WasteWise Award, and practicing the GreenHealth Circle Award for Excellence.
HPRC is currently involved in multiple initiatives aimed at enabling healthcare plastic recycling, including research into advanced recycling technologies to recycle a mixed stream of healthcare plastics; A study focused on optimizing reverse logistical processes for collecting, sorting and preparing healthcare plastic waste for recycling; Focused awareness and engagement with recyclers.
Additional Health Care Advisory Board members include Ascension Health, Advocate Aurora Health, Cleveland Clinic, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health, Kaiser Permanente, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.
HPRC is a private technology alliance of industry peers across the healthcare, recycling and waste management industries that seeks to improve the recyclability of plastic products in healthcare. HPRC is made up of leading and globally recognized members including Amcor, Baxter, BD, Boston Scientific, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, Freepoint Ecosystems, Gore Medical, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Nelipak Healthcare Packaging, Paxxus, Plastic Ingenuity and Ravago Recycling Group and Remington Medical, Sartorius, Sonoco Healthcare, Sterimed, Stryker, ThermoFisher Scientific and Westfall Technik. The Board meets twice annually at meetings hosted by an HPRC member that regularly include stakeholder engagement events and facility tours for further learning and knowledge exchange opportunities through a live demonstration of best practices in product design, sustainable packaging and recycling processes. For more information visit www.hprc.org And follow HPRC on LinkedIn.
About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the patient care, education and research of Harvard Medical School and consistently ranks as the national leader among independent hospitals in NIH funding. BIDMC is the official hospital for the Boston Red Sox. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a healthcare system that brings together academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,800 physicians and 36,000 employees on a joint mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through research and education Pioneering. For more information visit www.bidmc.org.
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