Eight healthcare, recycling and waste-management companies said they formed a coalition to increase the recycling of plastic products and materials used in the delivery of healthcare.
Coalition to push healthcare recycling
The founding members of the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council are Becton, Dickinson and Co., Franklin Lakes, N.J.; Cardinal Health, Dublin, Ohio; DuPont, Wilmington, Del.; Hospira, Lake Forest, Ill.; Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J.; Kimberly-Clark, Dallas; Engineered Plastics, Erie, Pa.; and Waste Management, Houston.
“The potential for plastics recycling is significant to both reducing environmental and human health impacts,” according to a news release from the coalition.
The coalition has three objectives: healthcare plastics value chain mapping, design for recycling guidelines and pilot studies, according to the news release. In addition, the coalition plans to expand its pilot programs, create a healthcare facility advisory board, and launch recycling-design guidelines in 2011 and 2012, according to a spokesman.
The spokesman also said the coalition will likely add new members this year.
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