Shred-it is an information security solution provided by Stericycle, Inc., where we’re committed to protecting the health and well-being of the people and places around us safely, responsibly, and sustainably.
At Stericycle, we deliver solutions and drive innovations that protect the environment, people, and public health. We do business the right way, not just the easy way. This includes working to create a more sustainable, shared future. Our innovative solutions make a difference in people’s lives, communities, and our planet by protecting their health and well-being. Learn more in our Corporate Social Responsibility Overview.
We deliver essential sustainability services that protect the public from harmful waste, and help the healthcare industry make progress towards sustainability and climate goals. Our services include diverting medical waste from landfills, and alternative use opportunities that lead to greater security and well-being around the world. We recognize that sustainability is a continuous pursuit. No matter how much we achieve, there is always more that can be done tomorrow. Our challenge and our responsibility every day is to make a difference by protecting what matters.
Treated 680,000 tonnes of medical waste, helping to protect the public from potentially infectious material.
Shredded and recycled 454,000 tonnes of paper—helping safeguard our customers’ confidential information.
Helped our customers divert 45,000 tonnes of plastics from landfills through use of our reusable sharps and pharmaceutical containers rather than single-use containers.
Incinerated 17,000 tonnes of pharmaceutical waste prior to disposal, helping to keep active pharmaceutical ingredients out of waterways.
Source: Stericycle data, 2022
Our Shred-it Secure Information Destruction Service supports a circular economy. We are proud to provide a valuable source of paper for recycling into high-demand products while also purchasing products made from recycled content. Recent highlights in Shred-it services:
As a leading provider of medical waste service, our record of innovation continues with the introduction of new reusable containers. Our new SafeShield Antimicrobial Medical Waste Containers are DOT-compliant and should provide the following benefits:
In 2022, Stericycle and our client-partners diverted 101 million pounds of plastic from entering landfills through the use of reusable sharps containers. Stericycle was a pioneer in sustainable medical waste disposal and continues to this day to innovate safe, compliant, and eco-conscious solutions that protect the team members, patients, and communities of healthcare organizations around the world.
We also offer a Carbon Footprint Estimator for healthcare organizations use in calculating potential reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by switching from single use, disposable containers to Stericycle reusable sharps containers.
Stericycle helps our customers protect the communities they serve with a variety of disposal solutions for household-generated medications and sharps waste. We partner with pharmacies, hospitals, law enforcement, employers, government agencies and non-profit organizations to deliver our services to communities across the United States, protecting homes, workplaces, and the environment from the damaging impacts of the opioid crisis, infectious disease, and contamination of waterways and drinking water systems.
These solutions include:
England’s National Health Service (NHS), the largest single healthcare network in the world, has committed to be a net zero carbon footprint health system by 2040. As part of that commitment, NHS has pledged to reduce the environmental damage caused by plastic waste.
Stericycle’s Sharps Management Service, also known as Bio Systems Sharps Management Solution in the U.K., provides hospitals with sharps containers that can be reused up to 600 times as an alternative to single-use, disposable sharps containers.
Between November 2012 and December 2020, NHS facilities across England have diverted 7,715 metric tonnes of single-use plastic from incineration by using reusable sharps containers.