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Archive February 2020 XXI, No. 2

Ideas That Work: Greening The OR

Segregate Waste at the Point of Use

Manhattan Surgery Center
COLOR CODED Certified Surgical Technician Carlos Garcia designed a recycling system that made it easy for members of the OR team to reduce their red bag waste by 25% in just a few months.

The waste generated by an operating room is staggering — and ours is no exception. When our facility-wide Green Team brainstormed about how to increase recycling in the OR, we realized the key to success was two-fold: Make it easy for the surgical team and don't make it hard on another department. We now place a blue bin for plastic, metal and glass, and a green bin for cardboard and paper in each OR. Instructions and pictures posted on the wall above the containers help to make sure staff place items into the appropriate container. The convenient placement of the bins made it easy for the team to get on board with recycling efforts and no one outside of the OR had to separate the materials, which is required for pickup.

Carlos Garcia, AAS
Manhattan Surgery Center
New York, N.Y.

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