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UW Health Recycling Program (5.24)

UW Health Recycling Program (5.24) - Policies, Administrative, UW Health Administrative, Material Management


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Administrative (Non-Clinical) Policy
This administrative policy applies to the operations and staff of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and
Clinics Authority (UWHCA) as integrated effective July 1, 2015, including the legacy operations and
staff of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) and University of Wisconsin Medical
Foundation (UWMF).

Policy Title: UW Health Recycling Program
(this policy is used by UWHC, UWMF and UWSMPH)
Policy Number:
Effective Date: October 19, 2107
Chapter: Materials Management
Version: Revision


The purpose of this policy is to comply with Wisconsin State Statute Chapter 287 entitled “Solid Waste
Reduction, Recovery, and Recycling, and to express the commitment of UW Health to work toward the
preservation of the environment and the conservation of the earth's natural resources. This policy's aim is
to reduce the use of landfill space, substitute reusable items for disposable items whenever possible and
increase the use of recyclable materials, as well as the use of products with recycled or recovered content.
UW Health, which includes the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC), University of
Wisconsin Medical Foundation (UWMF) and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public
Health (UWSMPH), will establish effective recycling programs that will be in compliance with all
Federal, State, County, and municipal recycling laws.


"Recycling" means the reduction of solid waste via the separation, recovery and disposition of recyclable

"Recycled or Recovered Content" means the proportion of an item, by weight or other measure, which is
recycled material or recovered material.

"Effective Recycling Program" means the provision of adequate, separate containers for the disposal of
recyclable materials and the regular provision of notice to all users of the premises of such a facility,
including employees, agents and customers, of State, County and Municipal recycling requirements.

“Single Stream” is a method of recycling which allows non-confidential paper, cardboard, plastic, glass
and metal to be mixed together for pickup.

"Recyclable Products" are recyclable materials requiring separation from the general waste stream. A
listing of recyclable products can be found within the attached Recyclables List. The Recyclables List is
available on the Environmental Services page and the Sustainability page of U-Connect.

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This policy outlines the necessary guidelines for the designation of collection sites, safe and appropriate
collection containers, appropriate signs and all other equipment and supplies as deemed necessary for the
successful operation of an effective recycling program at all UWHC, UWMF and UWSMPH facilities.

It is the responsibility of each operating department at all UWHC, UWMF and UWSMPH facilities to
address recycling and waste reduction to ensure compliance with Wisconsin State Statute Chapter 287
and UW Health programs. UWSMPH facilities follow the policy of the University of Wisconsin –
Madison. UWSMPH spaces within UWHC controlled facilities are serviced by UWHC facilities
(Environmental Services Department) and follow this policy. With respect to the public areas within
UWHC facilities, the Environmental Services Department maintains and regulates these areas to ensure
that recycling requirements are met. In UWMF facilities, clinic managers are responsible for coordinating
with the appropriate outside vendor to ensure that recycling requirements are met. The public areas within
UWSMPH facilities are maintained and regulated by UWHC facilities (Environmental Services
Department), UW-Madison Physical Plant, or with an outside vendor.

Department leaders within all UWHC, UWMF, and UWSMPH are responsible for educating their
respective personnel regarding recycling requirements and procedures.

Recyclable waste is handled using the existing waste collection system. This policy serves to assign the
responsibility for collection and transportation of recyclable waste to the Environmental Services
Department in UWHC facilities. The Environmental Services Department will transport this waste to the
appropriate area for removal by contracted vendors and/or waste haulers.


A. General
1. Many recycling procedures established by the UWHC and UWMF follow guidelines as
developed by the UW-Madison Administrative Committee on Recycling.

B. Containers and Collection
1. All containers designated for the collection of recyclable material within all UWHC,
UWMF and UWSMPH sites will be imprinted with a recycling emblem or labeled with
identifying recycling signage.
2. In UWHC facilities, recycling containers will be available for paper and mixed recycling
via the single stream process.
a. Green containers are used exclusively for co-mingled recycling. This includes co-
mingled non-confidential paper, cardboard, plastics, glass and metal. See the
attached Recyclables List for more specific information.
b. Blue containers are used exclusively for confidential paper. Confidential paper is
considered anything with information that is of a private nature, and not for general
c. Note: The contents of blue containers are always treated as confidential materials and
are shredded onsite.
3. Certain materials (e.g. pens and pencils) can be recycled via a special process. More
information is available in the attached Recyclables List.
4. Environmental Services has established procedures addressing placement of containers,
collection sites and collection schedules. Each UWHC department should coordinate
recycling efforts with their Environmental Services Department. UWMF departments

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should coordinate recycling efforts with the appropriate clinic manager and outside vendor.
UWSMPH departments should coordinate recycling efforts with UWHC facilities
(Environmental Services), UW-Madison Physical Plant or the appropriate outside vendor.
5. Any UWHC, UWMF or UWSMPH Department or staff member may contact
sustainability@uwhealth.org with recycling questions, concerns and requests.

C. Purchasing
1. When appropriate, UWHC and UWMF departments and purchasing will incorporate
purchase specifications for products made from recycled materials and recovered materials
if their use is technically and economically feasible. Such specifications shall incorporate
language that will minimize the amount of solid waste generated by UWHC and UWMF
and be written to discourage the purchase of single-use, disposable products and require,
whenever practical, the purchase of multiple-use, durable products.

D. Compliance
1. It is the responsibility of the UWHC, UWMF and UWSMPH department managers to
ensure that the recycling program in their respective departments is in compliance with this
and Wisconsin State Statute Chapter 287.


UW Health is not a legal entity. UW Health is comprised of separate entities. This policy applies to
facilities and programs operated by the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and the University
of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, Inc., and to clinical facilities and programs administered by the
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Each entity is responsible for
enforcement of this policy in relation to the facilities and programs that it operates.

VI. COORDINATION (the details of Coordination of UWHC, UWMF and UWSMPH are shown
below. Approval and coordination of this policy by those entities occurs per their individual processes).

UW Health Sr. Management Sponsor: VP, Facilities & Support Services
UW Health Authors: Director, Environmental Services and Director, Sustainability
UWSMPH: Academic Staff-Administration Deans Office

Approval committee: UW Health Administrative Policy & Procedure Committee


Elizabeth Bolt
UW Health Chief Administrative Officer