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April 2007

Moss Beach Medical Center becomes recycling winner

The Seton Medical Center Coastside in Moss Beach is one of California’s leading waste-cutters, reducing and recycling so well in 2006 that it earned top honors over more than 1,200 other businesses from the California Integrated Waste Management Board’s Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP). The medical center joins a select circle of five other WRAP of the Year winners (WOTY) for 2006.

In recognition of California businesses’ widespread commitment to cutting their excess disposal tonnages, the Board bestowed WRAP honors, some of the most coveted State workplace conservation awards, on 1,254 retail and commercial outlets that managed to make the bottom line even greener in 2006.

This year’s WRAP winners (1,254 businesses) diverted an estimated 1,207,827 tons of material, with a cost savings of approximately $112,213,589 to their bottom line.

Five companies took top WRAP honors, including Seton Medical Center Coastside in Moss Beach.

Seton Medical Center Coastside is a rural hospital located in Moss Beach, California. The facility holds a 116 bed Skilled Nursing Facility, a five-bed Acute Care Unit and the only Emergency Department on the coast, between Santa Cruz and Daly City. In fiscal year 2005/06, Seton Medical Center Coastside saved an estimated $8,000 to $10,000 through waste reduction efforts and diverted more than 25 tons of materials from disposal. The majority of the facility’s waste reduction efforts are in the form of donation and recycling or reuse. While not saving much by way of dollars, the benefit is felt to be in the saving of natural resources and the environment. Exact measurement of all material diverted through reuse and donation is difficult due to the variety of items (medical equipment, electronic equipment, pallets, binders, clothes, linen, etc.), but reuse activities have become more and more creative as the staff’s environmental awareness has grown. The use of a document and data destruction service has ensured the facility’s compliance with federal regulations while still allowing for an almost 50 percent increase in paper recycling from fiscal year 2003 to fiscal year 2006.

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