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GUEST EDITORIAL Continued from page 4 bodily fluids) or recycling bins (glass and plastic contrast Recycling and other bottles, after appropriate rinsing per pharmacy While conscientiously recycling at home, too many of us standards). Consult your institutional or waste disposal check our inner recycler at the office door. Every pound of provider guidelines for “red bag” vs. general waste items. increased recycling volume is a pound of reduced waste – Involve your sustainability officer or your waste disposal and these add up. Place recycling bins in strategic locations company to monitor compliance. throughout your department to increase your overall recy- cling volume. For most recyclers, glass, plastic (#1 and 2 at Electricity usage the very least, if not #1-7), and aluminum can all be placed Reducing electricity usage in our workplaces and homes in the same container. Most all paper products can be recy- provides another significant opportunity for decreasing cled in a single container, often including flattened card- resource utilization while saving money. By powering off the board boxes. entire workstation and monitors at the end of the workday (if Most glass and plastic from medications or contrast can be your PACS is amenable), significant energy savings can be triple-rinsed and safely recycled with co-mingled recyclables. recouped. During a workday, monitors not in use for more Check with your pharmacy and recycler for guidelines. than 20 minutes should be shut off. Replacing CRT monitors Recycling of alkaline batteries is also widely available; with LCD monitors can also significantly reduce energy use place a specific container for batteries in strategic locations to (and free up valuable desk space). facilitate recycling. Ink and toner cartridges from printers and Turning off unnecessary lights can also lead to energy sav- fax machines can be recycled through your supplier, usually ings. Motion-detector switches can be considered for locations garnering you a credit per cartridge, another direct cost sav- that are infrequently used, such as restrooms. Task lighting is ings, with the indirect cost savings of reducing waste. far more efficient than overhead lighting. A small grow-light in your office or workspace can serve a dual purpose, acting as Conclusion a task lamp and allowing you to have live
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