Waste Reduction and Diversion
At Rochester Regional Health, we aim to eliminate waste wherever possible through reducing the use of our resources, expanding our recycling programs, and finding innovative ways to turn our wastes into assets.
Hospitals generate enormous amounts of waste; the industry average is about 30 lbs per patient per day. Because of the complex nature of healthcare work, the waste generated is tracked through 15 different streams, including municipal solid waste, hazardous waste, recycling, construction and demolition, sharps, and nuclear waste to name a few. At our five acute care hospitals alone, we generate almost 18 tons of waste per day! Rochester Regional is currently developing a better framework that will allow us to track all of our waste streams through a single system, and identify the areas with the greatest improvement potential. Waste generation is an enormous issue for the healthcare industry and at Rochester Regional, we are aiming to resolve these problems with unprecedented results through reducing the amounts of waste generated, recycling as much as possible, and converting organic materials to renewable resources.
At our hospitals, we track 15 separate waste streams recycling over 1.8 million lbs of materials annually.
InterVol is a non-profit organization that collects un-used medical supplies from local area practices and donates them to the places that cannot afford to purchase them, but need them the most. In 2015, InterVol recovered 29,581 pounds of supplies from hospitals in the Greater Rochester Area, and 20,587 pounds of these supplies were boxed and sent overseas to many developing nations. In addition to providing supplies, InterVol coordinates medical missions across the globe, involving many employees of Rochester Regional as volunteers. Rochester Regional Health hosts Intervol at our headquarters, where donated medical supplies are sorted and distributed to wherever the greatest need is. To find more information about Intervol and volunteer opportunities, please visit https://www.intervol.org/.
Reusable Sharps Containers
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