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Texas Health Plano Earns Two Regional Recycling Awards
10/18/2013

PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has taken a walk on the green side.

The hospital recently earned two regional recycling awards: the gR³een Achievement Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association (NTCRA), as well as the Environmental Community Award from the City of Plano. Texas Health Plano has received recognition from the City of Plano two years in a row.

The NTCRA's gR³een Award serves as a venue to recognize efforts of North Texas businesses, governments and individuals for outstanding contributions and forward thinking actions, which impact meaningful waste reduction.

The Environmental Community Award recognizes a company's commitment in implementing an environmental initiative that goes beyond impacting its immediate organization.

“We are so proud of all the work we have done,” said Shirley McKinney, M.S.N., R.N.C. - O.B., childbirth education coordinator at Texas Health Plano and co-chair of the Go Green Committee, which leads the recycling effort at the hospital. “Our committee has worked very hard to educate our staff and community on ways to be more environmentally aware, and being recognized means a lot to us.”

Below are some notable facts about the Go Green recycling program:

  • Texas Health Plano creates more than 100 tons of trash each month. From May 2011 to May 2012, the hospital diverted 499.76 tons of single-stream recyclables and shredded paper from the landfill. That is equivalent to the weight of approximately 84 adult male elephants.
  • At the 2012 ShredFest community recycling event, Texas Health Plano helped save 53 trees by recycling 10,600 pounds of paper waste. The results of the event saved more than 1,200 reams of paper and 21,000 gallons of water.
  • The Go Green battery recycling program diverts approximately 500 used batteries from the landfill every month. Hospital volunteers help test thousands of gently used batteries each year, and employees are able to take them home to use in their personal electronics.
  • The Go Green committee added 70 green recycle containers and 80 under-the-desk recycle containers around the hospital between May 2011 and May 2012.
  • Texas Health Plano is "Clean Zone" certified by JanPak, the hospital’s janitorial supply company.
  • Texas Health Plano participates in the Terracycle writing instrument program where pens, Sharpies and highlighters are upcycled. So far, nearly 350 writing instruments have been collected.
  • This year, Texas Health Plano has collected and recycled nearly 400 printer cartridges and over 5,500 pounds of electronic and electric items.
  • In 2012, Texas Health Plano's Plant Operations department purchased a bulb eater, which reduces the hospital’s recycling costs of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) by 50 percent. The Go Green committee estimates that the hospital crushes approximately 40-50 bulbs per week.

“We are proud to be a model for other hospitals and businesses in the area,” said Taffi Marchand, B.S.N., R.N.C. - N.I.C., neonatal intensive care unit and co-chair of the Go Green committee at Texas Health Plano. “This award shows the many ways we are committed to our community, taking care of our patients while also being mindful of preserving our environment.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 366-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,300 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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