AMOR – Analysis of the Optimisation Options for Use and Recycling of Products towards Reduction of Waste Quantities

AMOR – Analysis of the Optimisation Options for Use and Recycling of Products towards Reduction of Waste Quantities and Setting Impulses towards the Implementation of these Options
2005 - 2006
Ressourcen Management Agentur (RMA)
Unterstützt durch: 
Hospital Lainz
Viennese Hospital Association (KAV)
ARGEV Verpackungsverwertungs-Ges.m.b.H.
Austrian Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour
Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management

Project goal

The project aims to develop new methods and test, in order to save resources through targeted purchasing as well as waste-related measures in both qualitative and quantitative terms, and thereby to contribute to waste avoidance in the hospital Hietzing.



The material turnover of the Hietzing Hospital is considerably large with its amounting to some 1.9 Mio. kg of short living products. Such a high material turnover thus outlines the relevance of an optimally functioning waste management and also of an efficient resource utilisation. A sensible use of disposables and an increased employment of reusables, together with an optimised collection of recyclables, prove relevant pillars of an optimised resource management in hospitals.

In the AMOR project, input- and output-related measures are developed, tested and evaluated, which will enable resource-saving and waste prevention in the Hietzing Hospital (KHR).
The input-related measures concentrate on the increased employment of reusables and on measures towards information and motivation of the hospital staff, which will ensure a thrifty employment of the disposables. The base is given by the consumption data for disposables in the KHR. Together with the work group „Disposables“, the most frequently used disposables are evaluated towards their suitability for replacement through reusables or for a thriftier employment.
The options for employment of reusables are quite limited by the existing infrastructure in the KHR for disinfection and sterilisation of used consumables. An increased employment of reusables within the KHR is only possible if the consumables’ processing is managed either centrally in the KHR or outsourced into an external unit.
Paper tissues and rubber gloves for the cleaning staff have proved a good example for two articles that – at least partly – can be replaced by reusables. Further four disposables being widely employed (garbage bags, reprographic paper, kidney dish, cups) haven been selected. For these 6 disposables, individual information folders have been designed. These serve information and motivation purposes for the staff, so that a thrifty employment of the articles can be achieved. The content depicts the current article consumption rate, the derived individual targets and action suggestions towards a thrifty consumables’ employment.



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