Johns Hopkins Hospital

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) is committed to avoiding harms to human health; promoting a safe patient atmosphere; identifying sustainable solutions to produce cost savings; and improving environmental quality by enhancing policies, programs and practices for all of its business activities

Sustainability efforts are built upon one another over the last few years. The Johns Hopkins Hospital became a member of Practice Greenhealth in 2014. Johns Hopkins Hospital was awarded as one of the top 10 greenest ORs across the US with a Greening the OR Leadership Circle of Excellence for “leadership in implementation an innovation in the surgical department.” Additionally, Johns Hopkins Hospital won the Greenhealth Emerald Award in both 2014 and 2015 which “recognizes the cream of the crop of the Greenhealth Partner for Change award applicants.”

In 2015, Johns Hopkins Hospital was awarded a Trailblazer from environmental leadership by Maryland Hospitals for a Healthier Environment for a pilot program to “bio-decontaminate over $90,000 worth of supplies from 18 isolation patient rooms using vaporized hydrogen peroxide during a 2014 pilot project. Previously, supplies from these rooms, when not used, were discarded after patient discharge. The JHH materials management team collected, decontaminated and used these supplies. The team captured and returned to inventory and circulation over 4,000 pounds of materials otherwise destined for the landfill.”

Other 2015 accomplishments include:

  • LED Lighting: converted to 500 LEDs in 33 ORs for annual savings of $65,000
  • Green Roof: installed 65,000 sq feet of green roofing
  • Cogeneration Technology: reduce 30,000 metric tons of CO2 annually
  • Heathy Beverages: reduced sugar sweetened beverages in our café
  • Reusable Cups: sold 2,000 reusable cups and offer free water refills
  • Less Meat: introduced “Meatless Mondays” and reduced chicken services from 6oz to 4oz
  • Antibiotic Free: 60% of total meat purchased is antibiotic-free
  • Supporting Local: participated in the MDH2E Buy Local Challenge in café
  • Print Management Program: over $3.5 million saved since introduced in 2012
  • Reprocessing Savings: nearly $2.8 million (2010-2014)
  • Recycling: segregate 13 separate waste streams for recycling
  • Regulated Medical Waste: reduced from 35.25% to 13.75% (FY10 to FY14)
  • Recycling: increased from <1% to nearly 16.5% (FY10 to FY14)


Farmers Market at the Hospital
Every Thursday from 10am to 2pm, April 21 through October 27
Jefferson St. Pathway, near the Cancer Research Buildings

Green Teem Meetings
Held monthly on the second Wednesday at 12-noon in the Chevy Chase Conference Center, Zayed 2117. See full 2016 schedule. Please email to join the mailing list and receive monthly newsletters.


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 How do I recycle paper?

To make recycling simple- please place ALL paper in the NexCut bins. This includes confidential paper, copy paper, file folder, magazines, newspapers, etc. If you’re experiencing issues with service, send the specific location information to If you need an additional NexCut bin, please contact NexCut directly at 877-876-3928.

Does the Hospital offer single-stream recycling?

Yes, we do have single stream recycling. You should find green recycling bins to collect glass, aluminum, and plastic. Remember- please put your paper in the NexCut bins!

How do I recycle writing utensils?

Collect pens, markers, highlighters, mechanical pencils, and all caps in your office. When you’ve got a bunch ready for recycling, please contact for a pick-up!

How do I recycle batteries?

The Hospital provides pick-up service for battery recycling to make it easy for you. Please send an email to, and we will come and retrieve your batteries. The Department of Health, Safety and Environment does still require that the following types of batteries are disposed of as chemical waste: NiMH, NiCd, lithium, mercury, and lead acid. These can be dropped off at any of the rotating hazardous chemical waste collection sites around campus.

How do I recycle e-Waste?

The Hospital accepts computers, monitors, keyboards, cords, mice, copiers, fax machines, and printers. We will accept anything with a cord or batteries, and we will take the batteries and cords themselves. Please email and a pick-up will be scheduled.

How do I recycle eyeglasses?

Old eyeglasses of all prescriptions and types can be donated to the Lions Club Recycle for Sight Program. Cases and reading glasses are also welcome. Collection boxes have been placed in the following locations: Zayed B1001, Wilmer main lobby, Wilmer Low Vision Clinic (lower level), Wilmer Optical Shop at Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, Main Admitting, Carnegie 173 Library, Weinberg Admitting, Weinberg OPD, 550 Building lobby, Meyer 144 waiting room, Meyer B171C, Kennedy Krieger lobby at 707 N. Broadway, and the front counter of the Robert and Clarice Smith and Maurice Brendann Surgical Pavilion.

How do I recycle cardboard?

Please flatten your cardboard place it behind your green recycling bin. You can also take it to the trash room closest to you and put flattened cardboard in the gray tipster, labeled recycling, trash, and cardboard.

I have unwanted furniture. How can I dispose of it responsibly?

Please email to get rid of unwanted furniture. You can also visit the website at and submit a request for a salvage pick-up. Please submit a request for all furniture, whether it can be reused or not. We will make a determination if the items can be reused within JHH, donated, or taken apart and recycled. There is a charge of $40/hour for furniture pick-ups. Please note that furniture management cannot pick up the following items.

  • Auxilio Printers - 2-6303
  • Medical Equipment and Beds - 2-6305
  • Refrigerators - 5-5770 (specimen refrigerators) or 4-9817 (standard refrigerators)
  • Fixtures attached to walls or floor - 5-5770
  • Anything over 500lbs

Shop on the website for lightly-used furniture for your department! We donate beds, canes, walkers, crutches, medical equipment and furniture, etc. as long as the items are not infectious and are still usable to Global Links, a medical relief and development organization based in Pittsburgh, PA, collects medical equipment from the US healthcare system to be distributed to hospitals and clinics that serve the poorest segments of the population in developing countries, primarily in Central and South America. If there are any items in your area that can be donated instead of going to the landfill, please email so we can pick up the items.

I need a desk-side paper recycling bin. Can you provide one?

Yes. You can pick up a desk side recycling container from Zayed B1001 at any time. You can also email to receive a bin. Please note that blue desk side bins should only be used for paper, and it is the responsibility of the individual to dump their blue desk side recycling bins in their closest NexCut bin.

How do I dispose of hazardous chemical waste?

Chemical waste is collected at several locations around campus on a weekly or semi-weekly basis for proper disposal. All types of chemicals are accepted except biohazardous or radioactive waste, and no sharps. For more details and a list of collection times/locations visit the Department of Health, Safety and Environment website (under “Environmental Safety”) or call the office directly at 410-955-5918.

What is regulated red bag waste?

Regulated medical waste is 1) human blood and body fluids, 2) sharps, 3) pathological waste and 4) microbiological laboratory waste that are potentially infectious. The only items that should be placed in red bags are blood and body fluid-soiled articles that are released in a liquid or semiliquid state if compressed; are caked with dried blood and are capable of releasing the blood during handling of the items; and contaminated items that would release blood in a liquid state when compressed, such as soaked surgical sponges. Sharps are object that are capable of cutting or penetrating skin or a packaging material, and they should be disposed in sharp containers.

Why are green bags and clear bags mixed in the same tipster?

Although the bags are mixed in the collection tipster, they are segregated at the dock- that’s why it’s key to ensure recycle bins are lined with green bags and regular trash is collected in clear bags. The only type of trash that needs to be segregated is red bag trash, as it’s considered infectious and needs to stay separate from other types of waste.

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Ideas in Action

Think before you print.

Office paper is highly recyclable, but a lot gets wasted. Waste reduction is more cost-effective than recycling because it reduces the amount of material that needs to be collected, transported and processed.