Today is America Recycles Day, an annual day to educate, motivate
and encourage people to be smart about the things we use and discard everyday.
Recycling is one of many ways we can practice what's called waste diversion. But it's not the same as reuse, where a product in its
original state is reused multiple times for the purpose of which it is intended, or
repurposing, where a product in its original state is used in another way. Instead, recycling involves taking waste and creating something entirely new with it.
UPMC is diverting the
following items from landfills through donations, recycling or reuse:
document destruction (CDD). Approximately,
85 percent of paper is diverted as CDD so that it can be recycled into copier paper, which we then purchase. It also is converted into materials
used for agriculture and landscaping.
and demolition waste, such as residual concrete, aluminum duct work, electrical
wire and copper
hazardous waste, such as expended solvents, unusable medications, etc.
municipal waste, such as plastics, glass and newspaper
waste, which includes batteries
waste, including used cooking oil and grease is recovered for reuse
UPMC is committed to incorporating sustainable health care practices at our hospitals, which include reducing waste and other environmentally friendly programs. These include the use of green cleaning products and environmentally friendly construction supplies, as well as the practice of purchasing environmentally preferred inventory.
For 15 handy recycling tips, visit the America Recycles Day website.