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BD and Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego Announce Innovative Pilot Project to Reduce Environmental Impact of Sharps Disposal

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 5:34am
Bio-Medicine.Org

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. and SAN DIEGO, Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, and Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego today announced that they have implemented an innovative pilot program at the Hospital that is designed to safely divert a significant percentage of BD sharps waste from landfills and utilize the recycled materials.

Single-use, disposable medical devices such as needles and syringes provide clear clinical and public health benefits, including protecting patients and healthcare workers from the spread of infections. However, disposal of these devices may create unintended environmental concerns, and unnecessary costs. BD is committed to seeking innovative sustainability solutions to address the environmental impact of disposal without compromising patient care. One approach BD is exploring to manage its disposable medical device products is a comprehensive "cradle to cradle" program, addressing every stage of a product's lifecycle. This entails recycling waste materials and utilizing them to manufacture new products rather than permanently disposing of them in a landfill.

"The connections between human health and a healthy environment are inseparable. BD is committed to reducing our environmental impacts and supporting our customers and suppliers to do the same," said Bill Kozy, Executive Vice President, BD. "Rady Children's Hospital shares our commitment to sustainability, and we commend it for its leadership in participating in this important pilot program."

"This environmentally-friendly solution to disposing of sharps wastes falls perfectly in line with our hospital initiatives to reduce, reuse and recycle," said Randy Veenstra, Green Team leader at Rady Children's.  "We estimate that, thanks to this program, 38,000 pounds of sharps waste that might have been

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