HospitalHospitals have many special wastes that require specific handling and tight control to minimize health concerns.

These facilities also have many other types of waste, and are the focus of our case studies. There are many opportunities to recycle cardboard, food waste and other materials that can improve cost effectiveness and in some cases reduce possible vermin and other unwanted waste-related issues.

Medical X-Ray Film Recycling

Medical and Industrial X-ray films contain materials that are harmful to human health and the environment. X-ray films also contain small amounts of silver that can be recycled by businesses that specialize in silver recovery. The amount of silver in x-ray film is so small that the minimum amount of film required to process is around 50 pounds. Individuals with less than 50 pounds of X-rays should contact local hospitals, which may be willing to accept X-rays free of charge. Some processors may also be willing to accept small quantities of film free of charge if they are shipped to their processing facility. For organizations with quantities of X-rays greater than 50 pounds, x-ray recyclers are listed below.

X-ray recycling companies

B. W. Recycling
B. D. Associates, Inc.

If your organization processes X-ray film for recycling and would like to be added to this list, email RecyclingWorks.

Blood Pressure Cuff Recycling

Some blood pressure cuffs contain mercury, which can be hazardous to human health and to the environment. The Mercury Management Act prohibits the disposal of mercury in the trash or wastewater. Please refer to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Mercury Information and Keep Mercury from Rising for guidance on how to safely manage and dispose of mercury-containing products such as blood pressure cuffs in Massachusetts.

Hospital waste recycling case study

PDFCooley Dickinson Case Study: Learn the simple steps used by Cooley Dickinson Hospital used to expand their composting program and divert 60 tons of organic waste!

Hospital resource management case study


Shattuck case study: Shattuck hospital and their hauler, Save That Stuff, have been working together since 2003, resulting in a savings of $32,000 is solid waste management costs over the past ten years!


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