Monday, April 22, 2013, is Earth Day—a national program that aims to educate the community on the environmental and economic benefits of waste reduction and recycling.
St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center has continued its dedication to green practices for five years after adopting its recycling program, which has helped manage and reduce waste produced at its campus. Over the past five years, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center has recycled 610 tons of recyclable materials and saved 4,285,925 gallons of water. Annually, our recycling efforts save about 2,081 trees and divert over 400 cubic yards of materials from being placed in the landfills.
Further awareness and motivational tactics that have helped recycling efforts at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center include:
- Pharmacy Waste Recycling – In 2012, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center implemented a pharmacy waste program. This program helps divert hazardous waste from being sent to landfills and establishes proper disposal practices to meet EPA regulations.
- Condensation Collection – An average daily collection of 1,800 gallons of condensation run-off that is used to water 3 courtyards on the campus. This helps reduce the impact on the community’s water supply.
- Utility 4 CP program – This program is vital in providing emergency relief to the electrical power grid as demands in our state continue to stress the electrical grid during severe weather events. Our participation in this program will net a savings of $15,000 in 2013.
- Filta Kitchen Grease Recycling Program – This program resulted in the recycling of 500 pounds of grease last year. This program converts the grease into biodiesel fuel.
Past projects include:
- Implementing the use of electronic pay stubs instead of paper versions.
- Donating over 100,000 pounds of products and supplies to Project C.U.R.E. —a nonprofit organization that takes expired and used medical supplies and products (such as surgery kits, dressings, radiology equipment and defibrillators) and delivers them to third-world countries in need of medical equipment and supplies.
- Working towards a mercury-free environment over the last 10 years in various ways, including:
- Retrofitting lighting to remove light bulbs that contain mercury
- Changing laboratory procedures to eliminate testing equipment that contains mercury
- Creating a policy that monitors product selection to curtail the use of any new products being brought into the facility that contain mercury
- Retrofitting over 500 light fixtures throughout the facility, saving 16 watts of power per light fixture (over 8,000 watts per day).
- Xeriscaping the hospital property by using plants that require little to no water.
- Using HEPA filter bags in all of the hospital’s vacuum cleaners.
- Using microfiber mops that use less water to clean the floors.