Sharpsmart Sharps Container 28% Waste Reduction
Authors: Grimmond T, Himes E, and Skinner D
Publication: CleanMed2009 Conference, May 18-20, 2009 Chicago, IL
What was the study?
The study ‘28% Waste Reduction with Sharpsmart Sharps Container - a 5 year, 103 Hospital Study’ examined the impact of 103 hospitals converting from disposable sharps containers to a reusable sharps container system (Sharpsmart) in terms of waste reduction and reduction in container exchange labour.
What were the results?
Conversion to the Sharpsmart sharps container system resulted in:
- 28% waste reduction
- Total waste reduction of 3.9 tons of waste per 100 beds per annum (3.9 tons of plastic and 0.4 tons of cardboard)
51% reduction in sharps container exchange labour with the larger Sharpsmart sharps containers
Sharpsmarts sharps containers contribute significantly to healthcare waste reduction strategies."