Sharpsmart: 90% Decrease in CO2 Emissions
Authors: Grimmond T, Bylund S, Fink R, Anglea C, Beeke L, Callahan A, Christiansen E, Flewelling K, McIntosh K, Richter K, Vitale M
Publication: Reusable Sharps Containers Help Chesterfield Royal Cut Related CO2 Emissions by 90%, www.hospital-bulletin.co.uk
What is the article?
Conducted at a hospital in the United Kingdom, this study concludes that Sharpsmart sharps containers can reduce a hospital's CO2 emissions by 90%. Through switching to the Sharpsmart sharps containers, this hospital has taken intiative to reach the societal goal of a low carbon society.
What did we learn?
Introduction of the Sharpsmart sharps containers helped the hospital achieve:
- An 83% reduction in CO2 emissions in the first year
- A 90% reduction in CO2 emissions in the following years
- A 35% decrease in weight of sharps waste stream
... apart from efficient waste segregation, a reusable sharps container is currently the only measurable and validatable method of significantly reducing clinical waste volumes within a healthcare environment."