HackensackUMC Partners With Terracycle To Recycle The Unrecyclable

Hackensack University Medical Center is the first hospital in the country to partner with recycling pioneer TerraCycle to keep difficult-to-recycle items such as keyboards and mice, diaper packaging, chip bags and writing utensils out of landfills.  TerraCycle will recycle the items into affordable, eco-friendly consumer products and industrial applications.

Signing up for TerraCycle’s Brigade programs is just the latest step the hospital has taken to keep its commitment to the 2012 Memorandum of Understanding it signed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to, among other things, reduce the use of plastics, reduce and recycle solid waste, prevent pollution of valuable natural resources, and conserve energy and water.  Earlier this year, HackensackUMC eliminated the use of Styrofoam food ware campus-wide. HackensackUMC began its venture towards environmental sustainability more than 10 years ago with the help of Deirdre Imus through The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center™, beginning with the Greening The Cleaning® program in 2001, which promotes the use of nontoxic cleaning products and in 2005 with the design and construction of one of the first green hospitals in the country, which was named one of America’s Top Green Hospitals by National Geographic’s The Green Guide.   

"We are honored to partner with Terracycle in innovative recycling initiatives at HackensackUMC,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and CEO of the Hackensack University Health Network. “By collecting chip bags and other high-volume waste in our cafeteria and break rooms, we are expanding what can be kept out of landfills, and helping Terracycle to ‘upcycle’ these items into a large variety of consumer products, contributing to a healthier world.”

Any medical facility, hospital, business, organization, family or individual can easily sign up to be a part of TerraCycle’s Brigade programs which provide recycling solutions for more than 50 waste streams and are sponsored by major brands like Frito-Lay, Huggies and Colgate.  For each piece of product or packaging received, TerraCycle pays two cents to a charity of the collector’s choice.  To date, TerraCycle has donated more than $7 million to charities and non-profits around the country and kept more than 2.4 billion pieces of waste from landfills.  Sign up for free at www.terracycle.com.


About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. It is the flagship hospital of the Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed physicians.HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report, and has received nine national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals list. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in 10 different areas – more than any other hospital in the nation, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for seven years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 11 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 19 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.  


About TerraCycle

TerraCycle, Inc. is an international upcycling and recycling company that takes difficult-to recycle-packaging and turns it into affordable, innovative products.  Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. TerraCycle works with more than 40 major brands in the U.S. and around the world to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s Brigade programs, which are free fundraisers that pay for every piece of waste collected and returned. For information on how to join a TerraCycle Brigade and on purchasing TerraCycle products please visit www.terracycle.com. 

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