Memorial Medical Center (MMC), with the help of SCSWA, will launch a new recycling initiative in June 2017. MMC will expand their recycling effort to a full-scale institutional recycling program. Now hospital staff and physicians will have access to recycling in their work stations, labs and break rooms/lounge areas. In addition to increasing access to recycling for hospital staff, the new and improved recycling program will include access to recycling in the cafeteria and in some lobby areas and waiting rooms.
The largest waste stream in hospitals is solid waste, which covers specialty waste such as regulated medical waste, confidential waste and hazardous waste. However, much of the waste generated in hospitals also includes material that can be recycled. Common composition of recyclables generated in hospitals include: 54% paper and cardboard, 18% organics (food and landscaping waste),15% plastics, 3% metals, 2% glass.
Through this new and improved recycling program, MMC hopes to divert as much of their materials to recycling as possible.
Recycling Basics (101) for Memorial Medical Center