Regional Hospital of Scranton Strives to Recycle All Eligible Waste Products
The final recycling numbers for 2011 are in and Regional Hospital of Scranton has set personal facility records for recycling. Records show that the reclamation of the following waste materials have increased substantially from 2010 to 2011.
Electronics 2010: 4,356 lbs.; 2011: 5429
Batteries 2010: 1,013 pounds; 2011: 1,345 pounds
Ink cartridges 2010: 469 lbs; 2011: 1,300
Co-Mingle (aluminum, paper, and glass) 2010: 22.10 tons; 2011: 26.52 tons
According to Director of Support Services David Leo, who heads the "Green" initiative, every department is taking part in the effort to recycle all eligible hospital waste. He says department mangers are conveying to staff the importance of reclaiming materials for reuse and disposal. Also, porters and environmental services aides are ensuring that recycled items get to the proper recycling containers.
Increased awareness to the initiative has paid off since many more hospital departments are asking for additional recycling containers, says Mr. Leo. Regional's Green (recycling) Room, on the second floor ion the general services building, has seen significantly more traffic. Also, the hospital's outpatient surgery center on Adams Avenue in downtown Scranton and its Keyser Avenue facilities have increased their recycling efforts.
Mr. Leo explains it is Regional's goal to collect all recyclable waste that the hospital generates. "This is important for institutions as well as private homes because recycling certain waste products helps prevent air and water pollution, saves energy resources and helps preserve our planet," he explains.
According to Chief Operating Officer Cindy Segar-Myers it is our obligation as a hospital and good community partner to do all in our power to reclaim waste materials for re-use and to properly discard non-usable waste.
Mr. Leo says 18 percent of hospital waster has been recycled from the years 2010 through 2011. Other 2011 recycling figures are compact bulbs, 18 lbs; ballasts, 55 lbs. (devices that regulate the flow of current in lights); shredded paper, 210,000 lbs.; fluorescent bulbs, 1,800 bulbs; cardboard 70.73 tons; magazines and mixed paper 3.25 tons.
According to Waste Management, which handles the hospital's waste, Regional's recycling efforts have translated into real benefits for the environment. An accounting of those benefits sent by Waste Management to the hospital show the following savings:
Landfill airspace saved: 954 cubic yards;
Number of mature trees saved: 3,280;
Gallons of oil saved: 17,728;
Gallons of water saved: 1,213,100; and
Kilowatt hours of electricity saved: 1,203,705.
Every individual can do their part in creating a healthy environment. For example, "If every household in the country reused a paper bag for one additional shopping trip, about 60,00 trees would be saved," Mr. Leo says.