Friday, October 8, 2010

Recycling and reducing costs at the MGH

MGH recycles: Ramakrishna Konaparthi looks for items for his department, Pediatric Research, at the Oct. 5 recycle event.

For the second year in a row, MGHers helped reduce waste and cut costs at the hospital by recycling their department's unwanted office supplies during the 2010 MGH Office Supply Recycle events.

The initiative was previously known as "MGH Freecycle" and held only on the Main Campus. This year, to optimize recycling efforts across the MGH, two events were held -- one at the Charlestown Navy Yard on Sept. 30 and the other in the Bulfinch Tents on Oct. 5. At both events, employees dropped off their unwanted office supplies during designated drop-off times and then returned later to select items their office could use. Recycled supplies ranged from printer cartridges to smaller items like boxed staples. Only supplies in new or unused condition were accepted for recycling.

"I think it's great to recycle stuff that otherwise would be sitting in a closet gathering dust," said Brooke Lovett, a clinical research coordinator in the Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology Division who participated in the event. "It also saves the hospital a lot of money."

The events were held in collaboration with the MGH Raising Environmental Awareness League (REAL) as a result of an idea submitted to the MGH Star Saver program, which encourages employees to submit their suggestions for reducing costs at the hospital. For more information on REAL, e-mail For more information on the Office Supply Recycle events or the Star Saver program, e-mail

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