Beyond the Basics: the 4Rs of healthcare waste reduction

  • 06 Apr 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • HealthPartners, 8170 33rd Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55425


  • For vendors only, please limit complimentary registration to one per organization. Others please register under "general registration".


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.  

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