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Legacy has an 8,500-square foot recycling center on the campus of Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. 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 2,000 tons of material a year, including:

  • Child car safety seats and bike helmets
  • Electronics (computers and peripherals, other electronics)
  • Food waste
  • Glass
  • Kitchen oil
  • Metals (steel, tin, lead, copper, aluminum and others)
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastics, including sterile, blue plastic wrap and Styrofoam (block and peanut)
  • Solvents
  • 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 nonprofit 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:

Community partnerships

Legacy is a recycling support location for many local businesses. In fact, we often collaborate with other community groups to investigate new recycling opportunities.

In another form of recycling, our surplus office supplies are available free to employees, various non-governmental organizations and the public.

Plastic blue wrap

Visionary members of our operating room staff implemented a program to recycle the plastic blue wrap that is used to package sterile surgical instruments. Today, Legacy's efforts have helped to make a market for this commodity. The result — literally thousands of tons of blue wrap kept out of landfills.

Toner cartridges

All sizes and types of toner and ink-jet cartridges, whether from Legacy departments or employee homes, are recycled or, where possible, re-used.

Car safety seats

Legacy Health is happy to recycle your used/outdated car safety seats and dispose of the materials in an environmentally correct manner.

Car seats may be dropped off from 5:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily at the Main Admitting desks of either Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel or Legacy Emanuel Medical Center - 2801 N. Gantenbein, Portland, OR 97227.

Please remove all fabric, foam and harness straps before dropping car seats off with us for recycling.

Contact the Car Passenger Safety Program for details, 503-413-4005.