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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV)
Date: Tue Aug 03 1999 - 10:54:51 EDT


Date: Tue, 3 Aug 1999 10:54:51 -0400 (EDT)
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Does hospital plastics recycling happen? (Erik and Mikko)

August 3, 1999

Dear Erik Liljestrom and Mikko Roiha,

Yes, hospital plastics recycling does happen increasingly.

The American Plastics Council conducted several studies of hospitals to test for generation and recycling opportunities.

Among those involved by this group were the Univeersity of Washington Medical Center and the Providence, RI Medical Center.A manual and survey was published by them under the title,: Hospital Plastics Characterization and Recycling Feasibility Study prepared by a consultant. The Council can be reached at 1275 K St., NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005.

Other hospitals which recycle plastics:

Medical Center Hospital of VT, Burlington
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

The 'name' most associated with and experienced at getting recycling and waste reduction going at hospitals is CGH Environmental Strategies, Inc., PO Box 1258, Burlington, VT 05402. They are consultants who are or used to be nurses and other allied health professions staff who have developed this sub-specialty over the past 8-9 years. Hollie Shaner and Connie Leach are two of their founders.

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