Legacy has an 8,500-square foot recycling center on the campus of Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. There, mountains of recyclables of all kinds are consolidated, sorted, packaged and sent off to various vendors to be reused or remanufactured into new products such as containers, benches and decking.
Mountains of material
We recycle more than 2,000 tons of material a year, including:
- Electronics (computers and peripherals, other electronics)
- Food waste
- Kitchen oil
- Metals (steel, tin, lead, copper, aluminum and others)
- Paper and cardboard
- Plastics, including sterile, blue plastic wrap and styrofoam (block and peanut)
- Toner cartridges
- Yard debris/landscaping waste
Material from Legacy and from our recycling partners is commingled inside our facility and sorted by workers from SCVP Inc., a nonprofit that employs alternatively-abled workers. Many of these workers have been with Legacy for more than a decade.
For the latest figures on Legacy's recycling, see our Recycling Scorecard. Here are the details on some of our innovative recycling efforts:
Legacy is a recycling support location for many local businesses. In fact, we often collaborate with other community groups to investigate new recycling opportunities.
In another form of recycling, our surplus office supplies are available free to employees, various non-governmental organizations and the public.
Plastic blue wrap
Visionary members of our operating room staff implemented a program to recycle the plastic blue wrap that is used to package sterile surgical instruments. Today, Legacy's efforts have helped to make a market for this commodity. The result — literally thousands of tons of blue wrap kept out of landfills.
All sizes and types of toner and ink-jet cartridges, whether from Legacy departments or employee homes, are recycled or, where possible, re-used.
Car Safety Seat Recycling Program Discontinued
Effective July 29, 2017, Legacy Health is no longer accepting car safety seats for recycling.
Since 2007, Legacy Health has recycled over 10,000 car safety seats and booster seats for the community. Recycling practices nationally are changing. Vendors are seeking purer plastics that are not co-mingled with other components, e.g. metal and fabric. Legacy Health no longer has a vendor for the car safety seat shells.
Limited recycling options for car safety seats exist. Target and Babies R’ Us run periodic car safety seat recycling campaigns throughout the year. Additionally, Far West Recycling Inc. is accepting car safety seats that are stripped of all fabric, padding and nylon straps. Visit http://www.farwestrecycling.com/ for a list of drop-off locations.
We apologize for the inconvenience. We are working to update all online references to the Legacy Health Car Safety Seat Recycling Program as quickly as possible.
Please feel free to contact the Child Passenger Safety Program at 503-413-4005 with any questions or concerns.