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Healthy Environments through Medical Waste Reduction Strategies in Clinical Nursing Simulation Laboratories

Contact

Darlene Clark, dac128@psu.edu

About the Project

Statewide Implementation of Promoting Healthy People/Healthy Environments through Medical Waste Reduction Strategies in Clinical Nursing Simulation Laboratories was funded by Penn State's Sustainability Institute's Reinvention Fund at the University Park campus in the amount of $6,246.

The goal of this project is to implement waste reduction strategies through increased recycling efforts at not only the University Park simulation location, but also at seven other Commonwealth campus locations which house nursing programs, and which contain simulation laboratories for their nursing students. Specifically, objectives for this project will be pursued through data gathering on what can be recycled, how it will be recycled, and where it will be disposed.

Why?
Currently, the breakdown of medical waste in the United States generated by health care activities results in twenty percent hazardous waste, and eighty percent “general” waste.

Latest News

  • Recycling bins have begun to be placed with accompanying visual signs displaying what items belong in each bin.

  • The project team will be traveling this summer and early fall to the Commonwealth campus locations to assist in setting up recycling contacts in their areas and to begin set up and implementation of the project. Signage for the recycling stations will also be delivered this summer in time for classes to begin.