North Carolina Baptist Hospital
North Carolina Baptist Hospital (NCBH) is an 806-bed, tertiary-care facility serving
northwest North Carolina. Along with the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, the
Hospital's 9,000 employees care for 23,000 inpatients and 500,000 outpatients
each year. Municipal solid waste streams include aluminum and steel cans, office
paper, corrugated cardboard, plastics, glass, landscape materials, food wastes, and
construction and demolition (C&D) wastes.
NCBH encourages employees to share ideas on waste reduction, reuse, and
recycling through its Viewpoints program and Project Waste Watch, a monthly idea
exchange conducted during 1992. The Viewpoints program provides monetary
awards to employees for ideas that demonstrate cost containment and waste
reduction. The following projects resulted from employee suggestions:
The Medical Center is currently involved in a pilot project to recover plastic soft drink and milk containers. As products are delivered to hospital stations, the delivery box is left to collect the empty containers and is picked up with each new delivery. Soda bottles and aluminum cans left on cafeteria trays are collected for recycling.
Details of Reductions
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In addition, major recycling programs collect office paper, corrugated cardboard,
aluminum cans, and wood pallets. Magazines, newspapers, and styrofoam peanuts
are collected in newly established recycling programs. In additional projects, city
and campus telephone directories are collected, plastic six-pack rings are recycled,
and silver and X-ray film is recovered.
The Zero Waste Network is one of eight Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange P2RxCenters , serving as a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (Northeast), WRRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), ZeroWasteNet (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WSPPN (Pacific Southwest), PPRC (Northwest). We are a proud member of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.