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Things You Can Do Now / Past Meetings / More Resources / Contacts

Things You Can Do Now

1) Complete facility self-assessment guide at www.h2e-online.org/pubs/selfasmt.pdf
2) Purchase items in bulk to reduce packaging.
3) Use washable food service items.
4) Recycle office paper, cardboard and aluminum cans.
5) Use electronic communication instead of paper.
6) Renegotiate contracts with haulers of "red bag" or regulated medical waste to provide clean and reusable containers.
7) Eliminate plastic trash bag liners in administrative areas.
8) Eliminate unused items from custom surgical packs.
9) Donate clean, unused operating room (OR) supplies for reuse overseas.

Past Meetings

  • Waste Management: Measuring It to Better Manage It
    March 21, 2002
    Notes to be posted

More Resources

The California Integrated Waste Management Board provides information on food scrap management.
www.ciwmb.ca.gov/FoodWaste/

Waste reduction suggestions and real life references from the CIWMB are at:
www.ciwmb.ca.gov/BizWaste/Factsheets/Purchasing

This Web-based waste reduction resource allows you to search for sharps disposal, recycling, motor oil recycling resources, and much more by a specific zip code or state. It is a unique site full of tools to help you develop waste reduction resources for your program.
earth911.org/

This is the recycling page of the EPA's municicpal solid waste section
www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/recycle.htm

The WasteWise Web site offers examples of how some health care facilities and other organizations have increased their purchase of recycled content products.
www.epa.gov/wastewise/

The EPA also has a Web site that offers ways to produce less waste by practicing the "three Rs".
www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/reduce.htm

H2E's solid waste best management practices list can be found at:
www.h2e-online.org/pubs/bmp/solidbmp.pdf

Here is information from 30 different communities that did waste prevention, recycling and composting.
www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/reduce/recy-com/toc.pdf

Waste at work: pollution strategies for the bottom line includes links for adapting your purchasing policies and purchasing documents for waste prevention at:
www.informinc.org/wasteatwork.php

Provides fact sheets on minimizing waste and pollution from five important waste streams: batteries; carpeting; computers; construction, renovation, and demolition materials; and toner cartridges. There are also other tips and fact sheets at:
www.informinc.org/

EPA's guide to composting yard trimmings and municipal solid waste is at:
www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/compost/cytmsw.pdf

The Business and Industry Resource Venture has an excellent recycling database at:
www.resourceventure.org/database.htm

Some good information, although much of it is general, can be found at:
www.nrc-recycle.org/

Washington State is currently developing new strategic plans for handling both solid and hazardous waste. Find out more about the project at:
www.ecy.wa.gov/beyondwaste/

Contacts

Tom Watson
Tom Watson, Coordinator
National Waste Prevention Coalition
c/o King County Solid Waste Division
201 South Jackson St., #701
Seattle, Washington, 98104-3855
phone (206) 296-4481
fax (206) 296-4475

Ken Grimm