Introducing recycling into the operating theatres (Oxford case study)

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Resource Description: 

The Oxford University Hospitals Trust has reduced the amount of waste going to landfill or incineration by introducing recycling into the operating theatre setting. Previously all waste from clinical areas was disposed of via orange clinical waste bags. There are now recycling bins in every anaesthetic room of the three largest operating suites, as well as in recovery and staff rest areas. Waste segregation has become routine for many members of staff and approximately 22% of theatre waste is now recycled.

This case study was prepared with the help of medical student, Felicity Hughes.  You can download it as a PDF file via the link below. You can also access the case study online in the Mapping Greener Healthcare database:


Resource File: 


Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

Publication date: 

April, 2012

Resource type: 

  • case study

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