Hospitals get charge out of recycling batteries

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Courtesy of Security Shredding & Storage News

Environmentally conscious hospitals that find themselves with a glut of dying and dead batteries have an easy and readily available cure: Recycling. Whether ubiquitous alkalines, lead-acid, lithium or other types of batteries, recycling companies and independent brokers have programs in place nationwide/worldwide to make disposing of conked out power cells a simple matter. There’s also always the do-it-yourself approach, as well, whereby hospital personnel can bring worn out batteries to collection points for recycling.

That used to be the case with alkaline batteries at the aptly named Evergreen Medical Center, a 275-bed acute care facility in Kirkland, Wash. These days, all it takes is one telephone call to Fed Ex and the three-gallon containers of batteries are picked up and on the way to be recycled.“There’s really not a lot of effort on our part other than getting them to the staging area and putting them in the containers,” notes Chuck Thorell, manager of environmental services at Evergreen. Those containers are provided by Veolia Environmental Services, which describes itself as the world’s largest waste services company with 105,200 employees in 42 countries.

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