Mission Hospital kicked off a new recycling program and formed a Green Team in an effort to encourage recycling and green practices at the regional facility.
The City, Waste Management and EcoNomics have been working with the hospital to help it launch the new program it rolled out this week.
On Thursday in honor of Earth Day, eight members of the hospital’s Green Team set up a table for three hours at the entrance of the hospital cafeteria to offer up information and eco-friendly goods. They gave staff members and visitors the opportunity to take a little quiz about different green programs. Hundreds of people took the quiz and more than 40 new members signed up for the Green Team. Those who aced the mini exam got a bar of ergonomically-shaped Eco soap.
Cafeteria patrons also learned about the new cafeteria bottles and cans recycling program, and the Green Team spent time chatting to staff about 10 ways to “go green” at home and at work. People learned simple steps like turning off computers when not in use; washing laundry in cold water; recycling or stopping service for junk mail; double-sided printing; carpooling; and turning down the thermostat to reduce their carbon footprint. Staff members also learned about a battery recycling program available to them.
The effort and program is a “win-win” for the hospital, City and community alike and complements the City’s ongoing effort to implement new residential and commercial recycling programs throughout Mission Viejo.