Goin’ Green at Nationwide Children’s- A Whale of a Tale!

Wow!  I just found out that in 2012, we recycled 190 Tons of trash that would have ended up in a landfill.  That’s the equivalent weight of a full-grown adult Blue Whale – the largest animal on the planet.  That’s a lot of trash and nearly twice the annual recycling goal we set for ourselves last year.  We are now recycling 36 percent of all the trash we create.  I think that’s pretty amazing and we’ve set an even bigger goal to recycle 300 tons in 2013.

So what do we recycle?  Paper and Cardboard make up more than 72% of our recycling but we also recycle plastic, glass, aluminum and steel.

The key to growing recycling is two-fold.

1)    We make it easy. For example, when building the new hospital we were the first in the nation to bring separate recycling containers into every patient room.  Also, in our new cafeteria we have guests put their trays with all trash on a conveyor belt so staff can sort out all the recyclables.

2)    We engage all our employees and they take recycling very seriously.  We have volunteers throughout the campus and our multiple off-site locations who champion recycling and even assist with rolling recycling containers to centralized pick-up locations.  That type of commitment makes a big difference.

Kudos to our Environmental Services team for championing this important effort and here’s to being green!

Employee Recycling

Employees Assist With Recycling

Tray Recycling

Trash & recycling go on this moving tray rack for sorting


Every patient room in the new hospital has recycling bins


Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

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