New York Hospital Queens has partnered with Stericycle to greatly improve our waste recycling programs. Click on the links below for more information and tips on recycling at NYHQ.
Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) accounts for less than 5% of all waste.
NYHQ now recycles over 17% of all waste.
NYHQ now diverts over 21% of its waste from traditional municipal waste streams.
See recycling data charts below.
Leading environmental stewardship organizations such as Practice Greenhealth target 15% recycling rates in hospitals and RMW rates below 10% as a first tier benchmarks. for recycling. NYHQ currently exceeds both of these measures.
The NYHQ Sustainability Council continues to explore opportunities for additional recycling.
An organic waste decomposition system was installed in the hospital's kitchen to help reduce the amount of food waste generated by out hospital. The decomposition system can process up to 1,200 lbs. of organic material per day, using microorganism to digest the waste. Since the system's installation in December 2011, it currently processes about 400 lbs. per day. This represents 4% of our total waste stream. This waste is now decomposed on site and no longer goes into the open container. By reducing quantities of waste in the open container, NYHQ saves money and reduces truck traffic by reducing the number of times our carter must come to exchange the open containers.