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Archive January 2005 VI, No. 1

5 Steps to Reduce Red Bag Waste Costs

Our experts share practical advice for minimizing your biohazardous waste.

Kristin Royer


You could be throwing away thousands of dollars in waste-disposal costs if you don't follow these five simple steps.

Renegotiate with your disposal company.
If you're at a new surgery center, you may have to agree to pay a higher price until you can establish facility trends, including how many cases you're doing and how many pounds of waste you're going to be disposing of each month, says Diana Procuniar, RN, BA, CNOR, director of the Winter Haven ASC in Winter Haven, Fla. "Agree to the higher rate for the first three to six months, but with the condition that after that time the data will be reviewed, and a new price will be negotiated," says Ms. Procuniar. "After renegotiating with our company, we were able to get our costs down to 29' per pound."

Another negotiating tactic: Agree to purchase your waste bags and boxes from your disposal company. "By purchasing your disposables from the company, you should be able to negotiate better pricing," says Ms. Procuniar. And don't forget to work into the contract such extra benefits as in-service training to educate your staff on red bag waste.

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