Recycling Superheros help PRMC to expand recycling program

Recycling Superheros help PRMC to expand recycling program

Pratt Regional Medical Center has made significant efforts towards employee wellness the last 2 years.  Employees have participated in a number of physical and emotional activities to benefit overall wellness.  The most recent effort put forth by PRMC’s Service Pillar committee, benefits environmental wellness. 

For several years, Pratt Regional Medical Center has been one of the businesses on the cardboard route for the Pratt County Recycling Center.  The hospital also collects toner and ink cartridges to benefit the Humane Society.  After employee requests, PRMC launched a hospital wide recycling initiative adding plastic bottles and aluminum cans to the list of recyclables collected. 

According to the EPA, recycling one aluminum beverage can save enough energy to run a 14 watt CFL bulb (60 watt incandescent equivalent) for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours.   Andie Dean, PRMC Community Relations Manager shares, “we are hopeful that starting small is the key to our success.”

While collecting cans and bottles may seem like a simple task, as Pratt County’s largest employer, implementing a solution that was efficient for PRMC employees, and with minimal additional work for Recycling Center employees was not without careful consideration.  PRMC discussed several options with Jason Winkel, Landfill / Recycling Supervisor until a solution was found to coordinate the logistics.  

PRMC purchased deskside recycling combo bins to separate the plastics and aluminum, as well as two larger collection cans.  Twenty departments throughout the hospital are participating in the new initiative.  Each department, has chosen a “Recycling Superhero,” those employees will be in charge of monitoring the smaller bins, to ensure proper separation and timely removal of the items.