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Published on October 15, 2010

AMH Wins Waste Watchers Award

ABINGTON, PA (October 15, 2010) — Abington Memorial Hospital was recently recognized by The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) as one of the winners of the 2010 Waste Watchers Award. The Waste Watchers Award honors outstanding recycling, waste reduction, reuse and composting programs in Pennsylvania.

Nominated by Abington Township, AMH received the award for its multitude of efforts and programs dedicated to the environment, as well as reaching national best practices for its three main waste streams: recycling, municipal waste and red bag waste – a major benchmark for any healthcare facility.

“As an organization, we have really made some phenomenal strides in the last two years, in terms of recycling and reducing our red bag waste,” says Judith Kratka, corporate director, Facilities and Sustainability, and chair of Abington’s Green Team, “and this recognition is a true testament to the work the Green Team has done. But we haven’t even begun to scratch the tip of the iceberg. We are constantly looking for ways to improve and implement green initiatives, and we truly need every individual employee from Abington Health to buy-in to the green way of thinking and living.”

This year over 60 municipalities, counties, private businesses, individuals and community organizations are being recognized by PROP for going above and beyond what is mandated by law for their communities or programs.

How does AMH’s waste stream stack up?

Municipal Waste

AMH – 54% of total waste stream

National Standards for Hospitals of similar size – 50 to 60%

National Best Practices for Hospitals of similar size – below 50%

Recycling

AMH – 36% of total waste stream

National Standards for Hospitals of similar size – 25 to 30%

National Best Practices for Hospitals of similar size – 35%

Red Bag Waste

AMH – 10% of total waste stream

National Standards for Hospitals of similar size – 12 to 15%

National Best Practices for Hospitals of similar size – 8%

Data as of August 2010. National standards and best practices courtesy of Green Guide to Healthcare.

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