Waste and water optimization
Our distribution center associates use totes instead of packaging materials to reduce waste. Pallets, paper and plastic, including stretch wrap, are recycled at nearly all of our distribution centers, and we donate excess medical products to communities in need. We also apply technologies that eliminate or reduce downstream waste—for example, PharMEDium has combined product dating with a unique tamper-evident feature to significantly reduce drug waste. To reduce water use, we implement water-efficiency practices and invest in automated and low-flow plumbing fixtures. We have also integrated water-efficiency recommendations in our new construction guidelines to reduce future water use.