Recycling waste is good. Not creating waste is even better. Legacy Health uses many techniques to minimize waste, including:
- Composting food waste — The first Legacy facility began recycling food waste in 2007; four of our five hospital campuses are now on board. Legacy composts more than 5 tons of food waste per month. We donate unused but still high-quality food to Blanchet House, which serves the homeless.
- Reducing consumption at the source — By avoiding unnecessary printing, encouraging double-sided copying, and changing to paper with at least 30 percent recycled content, Legacy has spared 2,380 trees and prevented 210,000 pounds of greenhouse gases from being released into our air. As we implement additional technology, we will continue to drive down our paper use.
- Construction site management — Legacy works with its construction partners to establish sustainability goals that will minimize environmental impact. Examples of goals include:
• Reuse/recycling of materials
• Avoidance of landfill waste
• Measures to minimize emissions from construction site vehicles and equipment
• Donation of reusable building materials when possible and practical
- Donations—Legacy has a reputation for recycling, so when our linen vendor, Portland Hospital Service Corporation, had 42 pallets of obsolete scrubs, towels, blankets and other linens, we took them. A contact at Mercy Corps connected us with National Relief Charities (NRC). NRC provides food, shoes, clothing, medical supplies, blankets and personal health care items to Native Americans living in rural communities on economically depressed reservations in the Northern Plains and the Southwest. NRC has since received more than 40,000 pounds of goods for distribution to its clients.