Waste reduction

Waste reduction

Hospitals and health care facilities generate a staggering amount of waste each year.

At Kaiser Permanente, we are ensuring safe and environmentally sound treatment of our hazardous waste streams while working to reduce the overall amount of waste we generate through reuse, recycling, or composting. We favor the procurement of recyclable products and encourage the market to create new recycling opportunities.

Waste reduction goal

By 2025, we will recycle, reuse, or compost 100 percent of our nonhazardous waste.

Our current progress:

  • In 2017, Kaiser Permanente reused, recycled, or composted 42 percent of the nonhazardous wastes that it generated.
  • In 2017, we collected 948,817 single-use medical devices and sent them to an FDA-approved remanufacturer; we then repurchased 507,905 of these devices.
  • Several of our hospitals are improving their recycling programs by partnering with community groups that employ adults with disabilities and adults with barriers to employment.