The gold in garbage: implementing a waste segregation and recycling initiative

Wyssusek, Kerstin H., Foong, Wai Mee, Steel, Catherine and Gillespie, Brigit M. (2016) The gold in garbage: implementing a waste segregation and recycling initiative. AORN Journal, 103 3: 316.e1-316.e8. doi:10.1016/j.aorn.2016.01.014


Author Wyssusek, Kerstin H.
Foong, Wai Mee
Steel, Catherine
Gillespie, Brigit M.
Title The gold in garbage: implementing a waste segregation and recycling initiative
Journal name AORN Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-2092
1878-0369
Publication date 2016-02-26
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.aorn.2016.01.014
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 103
Issue 3
Start page 316.e1
End page 316.e8
Total pages 8
Place of publication Philadelphia, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Generally, ORs produce approximately one-fifth to one-third of all waste in a hospital. Before our quality improvement project was performed in our tertiary care facility, all OR waste was disposed of as clinical waste. Disposal of clinical waste is more costly than disposal of general waste. Therefore, accurately segregating waste can have significant financial incentives. Our quality improvement project involved the implementation of processes that segregated general waste in the OR from clinical waste and translated to an almost 60% reduction of waste disposal costs for OR waste. Further, we implemented a recycling program that reclaimed a portion of the general waste. In total, our efforts reduced the amount of clinical waste produced by the OR by 82%, and the amount of total OR waste was reduced by more than 50%.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Created: Wed, 02 Mar 2016, 22:40:24 EST by Dr Kerstin Wyssusek on behalf of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care - PAH