NVRH - Good for the Environment and Health
NVRH is committed to protecting the environment, the health and safety of our patients, visitors, employees, and the community in which we conduct our business. We are committed to pollution prevention, continual improvement and meeting or exceeding all environmental regulatory requirements.
For more information about environmental initiatives at NVRH contact Jim Coulson at 748-7380.
Environmental friendly initiatives at NVRH include:
* Conversion from #4 fuel oil to #2 fuel oil, dramatically reducing sulfur emissions.
* Conversion from ethylene oxide to hydrogen peroxide-plasma sterilization, eliminating over 5 tons of green-house gas emissions and 1,000 pounds of ethylene oxide emissions. The conversion took place over 10 years ago, when the technology was about 2 years old; NVRH was the second hospital in the state to make it happen.
* Recycling of corrugated cardboard is approximately 45 tons per year; recycling of white paper is approximately 10 tons per year. Toner cartridges are recycled after use. In 2008, the hospital invested in a new compactor, which enables commingled recyclable waste to be sent to a facility for separation in Burlington. Over 27% of what used to be discarded as trash is now being recycled instead of being sent to the landfill.
*The Food Service Department has begun composting pre-plate vegetable waste. Plant Operations will use it on hospital grounds and make it available to individual maintaining gardens on hospital premises.
*Each year, the hospital provides on-site decontamination of approximately 38,000 pounds of bio hazardous material, which includes not only the hospital’s waste, but from the community as well.
*Resale of surplus (old) medical equipment. Surplus medical equipment is normally traded in on new equipment or sold through a broker. However, many times, surplus is donated to third world recipients through a not-for-profit intermediary.
*Elimination of medical devices and electrical switches containing mercury. Fluorescent tubes go to a reclamation facility. NVRH began the elimination of mercury years ago, and is a substantially mercury-free environment.
*Elimination of virtually all disposable styrofoam and plastic food service containers, and replaced it with reusable items. A small amount of disposable products remain for take-out orders, however, the products are paper or biodegradable.
*A selection of environmentally friendly chemicals, substantially reducing green house gas emissions. All bleach is purchased from sources using a mercury-free production process, therefore eliminating mercury in waste water.