Legacy has an 8,500-square foot recycling center on the campus of Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital. There, mountains of recyclables of all kinds are consolidated, sorted, packaged and sent off to various vendors to be reused or remanufactured into new products such as containers, benches and decking.
Mountains of material
We recycle more than 4,400 tons of material a year, including:
- Child car safety seats and bike helmets
- Electronics (computers and peripherals, other electronics)
- Food waste
- Kitchen oil
- Metals (steel, tin, lead, copper, aluminum and others)
- Paper and cardboard
- Plastics, including sterile blue plastic wrap and Styrofoam® (block and peanut)
- Toner cartridges
- Yard debris/landscaping waste
Material from Legacy and from our recycling partners is commingled inside our facility and sorted by workers from SCVP Inc., a non-profit that employs alternatively abled workers. Many of these workers have been with Legacy for more than a decade.
For the latest figures on Legacy's recycling, see our Recycling Scorecard. Here are the details on some of our innovative recycling efforts:
Legacy is a recycling support location for Whole Foods, Globe Lighting, and many local businesses. In fact, we're investigating the idea of a Green Business District for the Nob Hill area of Portland.
Legacy also partnered with a local waste hauler to help start a food composting program at nearby Chapman Grade School. And we host the regional Lions Eye Bank eye glass recycling program.
In another form of recycling, our surplus office supplies are available free to employees, various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the public.
Plastic blue wrap
Eighteen years ago, visionary members of our operating room staff began recycling the plastic blue wrap that comes around sterile surgical instruments. Today, Legacy's efforts have helped to make a market for this commodity.
In partnership with vendors Kimberly Clark and Owens and Minor, our recycling program now includes blue wrap from other community hospitals in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The result? More than 10,000 tons of blue wrap kept out of landfills.
All sizes and types of toner cartridges, both from Legacy departments and employee homes, are recycled. The compensation Legacy receives from recycling cartridges goes to Legacy Foundations for the Employee Helping Hand Fund. To date this program has generated nearly $15,000 for the fund, which is administered by Legacy’s Spiritual Care departments, in support of Legacy employees who are having personal or family difficulties.
Car safety seats
Legacy Health is able to recycle your used/outdated car safety seats and dispose of the materials in an environmentally correct manner. This free service is offered at any of our car safety seat check-up events; please download this PDF for additional drop-off locations and recycling directions.