DuPont and seven other leading companies in the healthcare, recycling and waste management industries have come together to form the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC). The technical coalition is working to inspire and enable sustainable, cost-effective recycling solutions for plastic products and materials used in the delivery of healthcare.
“The potential for plastics recycling is significant to reducing both environmental and human health impacts,” said Roseann Salasin, global marketing manager for DuPont Protection Technologies’ (DPT) medical and pharmaceutical protection business. “DuPont produces recyclable Tyvek® for critical medical packaging uses. Our tie into HPRC provides an excellent opportunity for us to work in a collaborative effort with others to be a change agent for sustainable healthcare.”
Other members of the HPRC include Becton, Dickinson and Company, Cardinal Health, Engineered Plastics, Hospira, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark and Waste Management.
“Collectively, we can help improve the product and packaging lifecycles at hospitals and other healthcare institutions with the end goal of increasing overall recycling and reducing waste to landfills,” added John Bamberger, North America regulatory affairs manager for DPT medical and pharmaceutical protection. “HPRC is unique in its focus on identification of plastics recycling barriers and solution development along the entire value chain.”
HPRC is currently engaged in three initiatives aimed at enabling recycling of select plastics. The first initiative, healthcare plastics value chain mapping, is focused on defining the healthcare value chain and identifying issues and barriers that disable plastics recycling. The second initiative, design for recycling guidelines, is focused on developing a document that articulates product and packaging design considerations that could enhance recycling potential and value. The third initiative, pilot study programs within healthcare facilities, is focused on building a data model to facilitate economic analysis of plastics recycling.
Since 1972, DuPont™ Tyvek® nonwoven has helped hospitals around the world to better protect patients. The HPRC is a collaboratory effort, extending DPT’s value proposition to help protect communities and the environment.
Learn more about HPRC.