doeHealth Care Waste & Toxics Reduction Tips

for small and medium size health care facilities

Optimizing waste & toxics reduction efforts makes sense for any health care facility, whether small, medium or large; non-profit or for-profit; rural or urban.

Though facility size and staff roles may vary, attention to improving products, practices, and waste management efforts supports the overall mission of every health care facility. 












Explore the links below for more facts and tips that will  help small and medium-size health care facilities achieve greater waste reduction and resource efficiency.


Health Care Waste & Toxics Reduction

These websites offer a broader scope of general and specific information on these and many other health care waste reduction/resource efficiency topics:

Cost Assessment

Try using a total cost assessment methodology when you investigate alternative practices.  It will help you identify the true cost of each practice and give you better information to determine the economic viability/return on investment.  See Washington State Deptartment of Ecology's website for a cost assessment template.

Hazardous and Dangerous Waste Management

To comply with Washington state regulations for properly managing hazardous/dangerous wastes:


This information is brought to you by the Washington Department of Ecology/Toxics Reduction Unit with assistance from the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) . June 2010

Thanks to our internal and outside reviewers:  WDOE (Nanette Brooks, Holly Cushman, Leatta Dahlhoff, Lori Rodriguez and Jenny Yoo) plus Michael Kyser (Madigan Army Medical Center),  Sheila Lockwood (University of Washington Environmental Health & Safety), and Jack Rogers (Multicare Health System).