Many waste prevention practices save money. Waste prevention, waste reduction and recycling, and the combination of all of these makes good sense for hospitals.Understand what you buy, how you use what you buy and what you throw away. Put this information to use to find ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Nonhazardous waste is 3/4 of the waste generated in hospitals, a substantial amount.
Also, whenever possible and appropriate employees should be rewarded for their contributions to waste reduction efforts and ideas.
– Bathrooms: Use air dryers instead of paper towels.
– Patients: Instead of disposable diapers, use cloth diapers. Be sure to check with sanitary regulations.
– Admissions: Use reusables in patient rooms versus disposables (bed pans, water pitchers etc.)
– Patient Rooms: Use washable items, such as linens, bed pads, gowns, etc. Set up a volunteer program to recycle used blankets, mattress pads, and quilts into potholders.