Vineland, NJ (December 3) – South Jersey Healthcare was recently recognized for excellence in recycling by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) at the 29th annual New Jersey Recycling Symposium. SJH was awarded for its “Recycle Everything” initiative, a program that kept 389 tons of waste out of local landfills in 2008 alone.
What began as employee interest in improving the organization’s recycling program, has changed the culture of the health system. SJH now recycles everything from card board, paper, and plastic to lead aprons, cell phones and linens. The system has also changed from disposable items to reuse items where possible. This initiative has resulted in a 120% increase in materials recycled.
In addition, SJH is partnering with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority to create a new standard for Cumberland County businesses, promoting recycling efforts that will decrease waste and increase savings.
“South Jersey Healthcare is pleased to take our recycling initiatives beyond our organization and out among local businesses where best practices can be shared and promoted,” said Tina Beakley, SJH Director of Environmental Services.
To further improve the recycling program, SJH is beginning a “Buy Recycled” campaign. The health system is currently working with vendors to evaluate paper needs as well as assess all other areas of the institution for opportunities to use items made from recycled materials. Although this initiative is just getting under way, big results are expected.
SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.