According to the US EPA, individuals generate, on average 4.4 pounds of solid waste per day. Practice Greenhealth has been gathering healthcare waste data for fifteen years. Their reports show the healthcare sector generates almost seven times as much, a staggering 29 pounds per staffed bed per day.
Furthermore, a study conducted by Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, a healthcare facility's largest environmental impact is due to products used and disposed.
Healthcare waste is complicated and managing it properly is a time-consuming and costly endeavor. Community health can be impacted by the pollution associated with healthcare waste whether it be dioxins, greenhouse gases and mercury emissions from incinerators or, pharmaceuticals in drinking water sources.
A number of HEARRT Midwest healthcare facilities and systems are working to reduce waste, improve waste management and, are receiving awards for their work. Local assistance providers, counties and vendors are providing support to these efforts.
You're invited to join us for lunch and learn more:
Beyond the basics: the 4Rs of healthcare waste reduction
Friday, April 6, 2018, 12:00-3:30 p.m.
HealthPartners corporate offices
8170- 33rd Ave. S, Bloomington, MN 55425
12:00-12:30 Lunch, networking
12:30-12:40 Welcome & introductions
Dana Slade, Sustainability Director, Health Partners
Catherine Zimmer, ED, HEARRT Midwest
12:40-1:10 MnTAP:Pollution Prevention basics: first Reduce, Reuse, Repair & then, Recycle
1:15-2:45 Best Waste Practice case studies
Dana Slade, Sustainability Director, HealthPartners
Glen Goodsell, Recycling Coordinator , Mayo Clinics
Angie Dalenberg, Recycling/Waste Educator, Mayo Clinics
2:45-3:00 Q & A, panel discussion
3:00-3:30 Networking with colleagues including assistance providers, county staff and vendors.