What does NCBB do to reduce its environmental impact?
Adopted official recycling policy:
-The Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) is determined to make reducing the amount of material being sent to the local landfill a company wide priority beginning in 2008. -Organizational PPP # 1049 refers to the corporate policy.
Employee Orientation includes 5-10 minute powerpoint
Information from employee orientation- powerpoint: What we recycle: Aluminum Cans Cardboard Office Paper Mixed paper (junk mail, catalogs, magazines etc) Plastic (juice bottles, pop bottles, milk jugs, platelet and double red cell kits and much more) Wooden pallets News Papers Styrofoam (peanuts and more) Batteries Ink Cartridges Metal of all types Fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts Cell phones/pop can tabs
What can you do to help: Learn where to place recyclables. ASK if you don’t know Learn what is recyclable Feel free to suggest item to be recycled DON’T throw it away if it can be recycled Make the effort to support the cause
Company Logo Used internally and on mobile drives for recycle containers. (also seen by donors/public) created internally by the graphics department
Examples of FYI Articles/Pictures (employee newsletter) LOOK what WE kept OUT of the landfill!!! 15.3 lbs of ink cartridges3 lbs cell phones/accessories1.6 lbs of pop can tabs Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietyLeukemia and Lymphoma Society Ronald McDonald House-Omaha KUDOS to EVERYONE! Thanks to staff and donors from ALL FOUR locations for their recycling efforts. A special shout out to the lab for weighing AND converting from grams to pounds: Thanks Angela N, Heather B and Sean R!!!
A message from the recycling committee: Thanks to the efforts from staff at all four sites and mobiles during 2008, the NCBB recycled a record number of materials. Here are our totals from Recycling Enterprises, Retro-Fit Recycling, The UPS Store, and some in-house numbers.
Cardboard – 17,710 # Mixed Papers – 6,155 # Magazines – 296 # Plastics – 3,190 # Aluminum cans - 355 # Styrofoam – 150 #, that’s a lot of strofoam Wooden Pallets – 30 Used Donor Beds – 5 Used Ice Machine – 1 Used computer and electronics – 787 # Rechargeable batteries – 13 Regular batteries – 15 # Fluorescent bulbs – 91 PCP filled ballasts – 6
Thanks to everyone that helped. With increased awareness and participation, we can expect even bigger numbers in 2009. Dave
More employee participation
Member of WasteCap Nebraska, since in 2008
EPA recognized WasteWise Partner, 2008
Member Better Business Bureau, 2000
Recognition Member of the Year Award, WasteCap Nebraska, 2008 Award of Excellence, Keep Nebraska Beautiful, 2008
Environmental programs Recycle Yourself: The Ultimate Act of Recycling (info at www.wastecapne.org)
Other Environmentally-Friendly Projects
Light bulbs are being changed out to CFB bulbs which require less wattage and last longer
Thermostats are on timers that lower the set points at night and on weekends.
Restroom lights are also connected to motion sensors to avoid being left on for long periods of time.
Operations areas (1st Floor) at 84th Street utilizing new technology: ground water heat pump system (GWHP)-also connected system to computer server room to add cooling.
Landscaping has undergone changes to plants that do not require frequent watering, as well as the use of mulch to help conserve moisture.
New landscaping project is in the works: Looking for a volunteer group (Lincoln Green Scene) to help replace existing planting beds and convert to perennial rock gardens with low moisture/native plants that require very low maintenance/financial support.
Four locations/four mobile vehicles
Recycle Committee to become Green Team:
currently three members
working on membership from each department
will promote employee suggestions/involvement
Ex: now recycle plastic packaging from collection kits that was previously thrown out.