A Recycling Win for the O.R.
A few months ago I was contacted by Sandie Kazmierczak, a Surgical Technician at UTMC and an avid recycler, about the need for #5 plastics recycling in the hospital. In the operating rooms there are a large number of saline bottles, water bottles, and blue plastic trays (about the size of cafeteria trays) that are thrown away on a daily basis.
I informed Sandie that our recycler takes all plastics #1-7 so we are able to recycle these items in the traditional blue recycling containers. Unfortunately, there were none in this area, only a small container in the recovery room. Sandie took the necessary steps to get permission from her manager and from environmental services to put recycling bins in the outpatient surgery area and the utility room. Christy Glenn of Environmental Services brought up the need for recycling in this area to the Director of Environmental Services, Arlene Fell, and both agreed there was a need for the containers. We placed some containers in those areas, and now, thanks to Sandie’s hardwork, we have recycled 560 trays, about 243 pounds, from April 5th to April 30th! And the count still continues!
She says, “[its] a good feeling to get them out of the landfill.” I just want to personally thank Sandie and Christy for their help increasing our waste diversion, a continuous goal of mine. It is people like you that make this University a better place for people and the planet!
If you know of more items on any of the campuses that are not currently being recycled but should be, reach out to SEED at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brooke Mason is the Interim Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo. A 2012 Bowling Green State University graduate with a degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, Brooke is obsessive about environmental sustainability. In her position, she works on initiatives ranging from energy conservation, to recycling, to transportation, and much more. She is passionate about working with and educating students about the topic of sustainability. Everyday Brooke works to ensure the current generation can meet their need without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. In her spare time, she loves reading novels, oil painting, and exploring the outdoors.
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