This is a republished article from the employee Mayo Clinic News Center:
Last year in Rochester alone, Mayo Clinic staff’s recycling habits saved 11 million gallons of water and over 45,000 trees. Recycling rates at Mayo Clinic in Arizona more than doubled in 2013, and increased efforts in Florida and the health system are tingeing the Mayo blue ever greener.
The Rochester recycling team also focuses on items unique to health care and research environments. A recent focus on laboratory plastics has been a resounding success. “We’ve increased our plastic recycling volume by 28 percent while increasing our revenue and cost savings by 83 percent,” says Angela Dalenberg, Waste Management. “We get paid for what we recycle and we save on disposal fees for all of that material.”