Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) and Emory University Hospital (EUH) are going green, thanks to a new comprehensive waste management plan. The hospitals are on a mission to reduce and divert waste by implementing a new recycling program in the operating rooms (ORs) and other patient care areas.

Emory Healthcare, which includes seven hospitals, and Emory University are in North Atlanta (find a list of all the hospitals in North Atlanta at https://www.atlantadreamliving.com/hospitals/) and they have a combined goal of diverting landfill waste by 65 percent across all of Emory by 2015 through sophisticated recycling and composting programs. Currently, based on the average of 33 pounds of waste produced from each staffed bed every day, U.S. hospitals produce more than 5.9 million tons of medical waste each year. This is a lot and so understandably Emory Healthcare and Emory University want to reduce their waste and carbon footprint. Emory University Hospital Midtown kicked off the recycling program in May, and Emory University Hospital is just beginning its new recycling efforts.

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