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State DEP honors Hospital of Central Connecticut for recycling, waste reduction

New Britain [October 21 2010] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut has received a GreenCircle Award from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for its efforts to reduce waste, recycle and prevent pollution in 2009.

The award was presented Oct. 19 at the Siemon Co., Watertown.

Among The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC) efforts recognized by the GreenCircle award are:

• Use of hydrogen peroxide instead of ethylene oxide as a sterilizing agent for surgical tools at the New Britain General campus. Unlike ethylene oxide, hydrogen peroxide is not an air pollutant.
• A Pollution Prevention Program that reduces solid waste by supporting and encouraging recycling of all batteries, fluorescent lamps and used electronics. Mercury is also part of the program; although the hospital went mercury-free in 2005, there are occasionally thermometers requiring disposal and mercury from equipment upgrades.
• The recycling of xylene, a chemical used in various lab processes. The hospital in 2006 purchased a device that recycles about 206 gallons of xylene per month for reuse.

“We’re honored to receive the GreenCircle Award,” says Tom Vaccarelli, HCC’s senior director of facilities “Everyone at the hospital has worked hard to reduce waste, increase recycling and do our part to protect the environment. It’s nice to have our efforts recognized by the state.”

HCC’s comprehensive, award-winning efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling began in 2004 and also include the use of energy-efficient equipment; recycling of cans, bottles, paper, cardboard and other supplies; and a pharmaceutical waste disposal program that’s even stricter than current federal regulations require.

The DEP established the GreenCircle Award program to recognize businesses, institutions, individuals, and civic organizations that have participated in energy conservation, transportation, pollution prevention or recycling-related activities or projects that promote natural resource conservation or environmental awareness.

“The GreenCircle awards program celebrates volunteer efforts, both large and small, that make a difference in this great state of Connecticut,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell says. “It is tremendously gratifying and educational to see how reach recipient has improved our environment. I applaud their efforts and their passion for their contributions toward a cleaner, greener Connecticut.”

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366

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