UW Health Recycling Program (this policy is used by UWHC, UWMF and UWSMPH) (123.005)

UW Health Recycling Program (this policy is used by UWHC, UWMF and UWSMPH) (123.005) - Policies, Administrative, UWMF, UWMF-wide, Safety, Safety


5.24 UW Health Recycling Program (this policy is used by UWHC, UWMF and UWSMPH)

UWHC Administrative Policy Print
Policy Number:


Effective Date:

January 1, 2015




Materials and Environmental Management (Hospital Administrative)


The purpose of this policy and procedure is 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 materials.

"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 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 Green STEPS page of U-Connect.


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 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
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 mixed recycling. This includes mixed paper,
cardboard, plastics, glass and metal. See the attached Recyclables List for more specific
b. Blue containers are used exclusively for confidential paper.
c. Note: The contents of blue containers are always treated as confidential materials and
are shredded per UWHC Administrative Policy 5.27-Waste Management.
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 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 Green STEPS 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 policy.

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).

UWHC Sr. Management Sponsor: VP, Facilities & Support Services
UWHC Author: Director, Environmental Services
UWHC Approval committee: Administrative Policy & Procedure Committee

UWMF Author: Facilities Director

UWSMPH: Academic Staff-Administration Deans Office


Ronald Sliwinski
President & CEO