EPIC for Health Pilot Project: Reducing single-use plastics in healthcare

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CAHA is pleased to be partnering with Plastic Oceans Australasia to deliver a pilot project that will help reduce single-use plastics from healthcare going to landfill.

Through the project, health institutions are undertaking the EPIC Business Program (EPIC - Engagement in Plastic-free Innovation for Change). EPIC is an initiative of POA that provides support and a toolkit for eliminating single use plastics from the workplace.

The aim of the project is to demonstrate that the EPIC Business Program can reduce single-use plastic in health settings, and to document and disseminate key achievements and outcomes to scale up the project and achieve even greater impact.

Read a media release announcing the launch of the project here.

Read more about Plastic Ocean's Australia and their EPIC Business Program here.


Project Objectives:

  1. Introduce healthcare service providers to the POA EPIC Program
  2. Support participating health institutions to measure single-use plastic use
  3. Demonstrate a quantified reduction in single-use plastics in health institutions involved in the pilot
  4. Showcase measures health institutions can take to reduce single-use plastics through case studies
  5. Showcase behaviour change is possible in challenged workplaces
  6. Support the health service to continue their sustainability journey
  7. Demonstrate that the POA EPIC Program can be delivered in a healthcare setting

Key lessons and achievements will be shared via case studies and a project report in early 2023.





We're grateful to the Minderoo Foundation’s Flourishing Oceans Initiative for funding this project