Housekeeping celebrates Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 1:49pm

Staff across the Central Zone of Nova Scotia Health Authority were treated to something special in cafeterias Wednesday, April 22.

Housekeeping staff donned special Earth Day T-shirts for the sixth year in a row. They were the public and staff members sort their garbage.

“We began this as a way to reduce our biomedical waste which was costing Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) almost $1.9 million per year,” explains Sean Feeney, Manager Housekeeping for Dartmouth and District Sites within the zone. “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 central zone contributions more than doubled.

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

This effort is one of many underway as part of the Central Zone's Environmental Program. To learn more about these efforts, visit Environmental Program.