Hospital Pollution Prevention Program
The California Department of Public Health has worked with hospitals statewide to develop plans that assist in pollution prevention. These plans include goals for the virtual elimination of mercury, implementing systems improvements, as well as lessening the creation of solid, medical, and hazardous waste.
In conjunction with the CalRecycle, and partially supported by US EPA and the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the Medical Waste Management Program developed pollution prevention and waste minimization guidance documents for the healthcare industry. Currently available are:
Additionally, other documents include:
Hospital Waste Reduction Posters and Stickers
CalRecycle has "Know Where to Throw" medical waste posters to hang near red bag receptacles, in break rooms, meeting rooms, and training areas. The poster is a great educational tool to inform staff about red bag and non-red-bag waste. These posters and stickers are available to California businesses, governmental agencies, public service organizations, and educational institutions in limited quantities at no charge.
CalRecycle hosts Encapsulated Post Script (EPS) versions of the "Know Where to Throw" poster and sticker. EPS files are very large high quality digital files used by professional graphic artists and professional printers to create high definition reproductions. These are available for health care facilities and agencies who wanted to reproduce their own copies. For more information, go to the CalRecycle website, telephone (916) 341-6363, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following pollution prevention links provide additional information: