Frequently Asked Questions

Does the use of Sharpsmart sharps containers reduce CO2 emissions?

Fifty-four percent of US hospitals’ greenhouse gas emissions are derived from supply chain goods and services. Targeting supply chain points and replacing disposable products with reusables can reduce these greenhouse gases. We estimate US hospitals dispose of their needles, scalpels, etc, into 35 million disposable or reusable sharps containers generating 96,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MTCO2eq) in their manufacture, use and disposal. By converting to Daniels reusable sharps containers, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a Chicago based hospital, reduced its annual greenhouse gases by 93 MTCO2eq. If RSC were used nationally we estimate hospital annual landfilled plastic and greenhouse gases would fall by 18,000 tons and 57,000 MTCO2e respectively.

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