Reduce--recycle--reuse: guidelines for promoting perioperative waste management

AORN J. 2007 Apr;85(4):717-22, 724, 726-8. doi: 10.1016/S0001-2092(07)60146-X.


The perioperative environment generates large amounts of waste, which negatively affects local and global ecosystems. To manage this waste health care facility leaders must focus on identifying correctable issues, work with relevant stakeholders to promote solutions, and adopt systematic procedural changes. Nurses and managers can moderate negative environmental effects by promoting reduction, recycling, and reuse of materials in the perioperative setting.

Publication types

  • Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Conservation of Natural Resources*
  • Equipment Reuse / standards*
  • Humans
  • Perioperative Nursing / standards*
  • Surgical Instruments / standards
  • Waste Management / methods
  • Waste Management / standards*