Housekeeping celebrates Earth Day with recycling demonstrations

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 10:39am

Housekeeping staff donned special Earth Day t-shirts Monday, April 22 to demonstrate recycling throughout Capital Health. For the fourth year in a row, they could be found helping the public and other staff members sort their garbage in cafeterias throughout the district.

“We began this as a way to reduce our biomedical waste which was costing Capital Health almost $1.9 million per year,” explains Sean Feeney, Manager Housekeeping for Dartmouth and District Sites within Capital Health. “We have reduced that by more than 30 per cent, which saves about $300,000 each year.”

Feeney says housekeeping staff are helping units across the district divert objects that were once considered trash. This includes packaging, especially plastics. When the Halifax Regional Municipality expanded its plastic collection services, Feeney says the Capital Health contributions more than doubled.

Feeney reminds everyone within the district that his staff is available to help increase recycling even more.

“On Earth Day and every day we try to bring greater awareness to what can be recycled and which item goes in which receptacle,” says Feeney.

For more information on getting more involved in recycling in your area you can contact:

Sean Feeney
Tel: (902) 465-8515

Tracey Prescott (Halifax Infirmary site, QE II)
Tel: (902) 473-8677

Donnie Whittle (VG site, QEII)
Tel: (902) 473-5894