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. While JHH does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Office of Sustainability, there is a separate sustainability entity that supports the hospital. 


  • Green Offices: recognized 39 ‘green certified’ offices/units
  • Green Roof: have 65,000 sq. feet of green roofing
  • Alternative Energy: installed a solar farm on the Eastern Shore with 43,000 panels
  • Cogeneration Technology: reduces 30,000 metric tons of CO₂ annually
  • Heathy Beverages: removed sugar sweetened beverages in our café
  • Reusable Cups: sold 2,000+ reusable cups and offer free water refills
  • Less Meat: introduced “Meatless Mondays”
  • Supporting Local: participated in the Buy Local Challenge in café
  • Reprocessing: diverted over 9 tons of single-use items for reprocessing 
  • Regulated Medical Waste: reduced from 33% to 12% (FY11 to FY16)
  • Recycling: increased from <1% to 17% (FY11 to FY16)



All non-food and dry paper products and non-confidential paper should and can be recycled. Cardboard can also be recycled, but should be flatted first. 

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

We provide 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.

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

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!

Yes, 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 bins are at the following locations: Wilmer Main Lobby, Wilmer Optical Shop in JHOC, Library, Kennedy Krieger Lobby, Weinberg OPS, Carnegie 173, and Meyer 144 office.

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.

  • Medical Equipment and Beds – 5-8300
  • Refrigerators – 5-8300 (specimen refrigerators) or 5-8300 (standard refrigerators)
  • Fixtures attached to walls or floor – 5-8300
  • Anything over 500 lbs.

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.

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 at (under “Environmental Safety”) or call the office directly at 410-955-5918.

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.

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.