Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Contributing to a "Greener" Atlanta

(Atlanta) Oct. 24, 2013—Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta continues to achieve successful results toward its green goals by working with Stericycle on initiatives ranging from keeping plastic and cardboard out of landfills as well as drugs out of public water systems, to using sharps disposal services to prevent accidental needlesticks and further protect the environment.

“By using reusable sharps containers, Children’s prevents the emission of 37,235 pounds of carbon emissions annually [1],” said Joe Nowicki, Director of facilities. “Children’s also eliminates 6,753 pounds of plastic and 4,848 pounds of cardboard from being disposed of in landfills. These numbers equate to not burning 1,917 gallons of gas and 704 home BBQ propane tanks.”

Each reusable sharps container keeps an average of 600 disposable containers from going to the landfill. Additionally, the hospital is at 12 percent recycling of its total waste stream by recycling more than 447,000 pounds a year. Children's is on its way toward achieving a best practice of 15 percent recycling according to Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit membership organization for environmental solutions in the healthcare community. This goal will be achieved through continuing to implement sustainable initiatives and ongoing programs in addition to the recycling of plastics, bottles, cans and many other materials utilized in a healthcare setting.

“Collaborative efforts with our suppliers are important to achieve sustainable and measurable results such as the ones we are seeing,” said Nowicki. “We are proud to contribute to a greener Atlanta.”

The hospital’s disparate waste streams are managed to assure the safe handling of all waste and to emphasize regulatory compliance. Hospital teams are trained by healthcare compliance specialists on Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation regulations, and 20 Joint Commission standards that focus on hazardous or pharmaceutical waste.


For more information:
Patty Gregory
Manager, Public Relations 

About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 870,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 27 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit for more information.

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Published: Friday, November 01, 2013