As a leading nonprofit health care system, Banner Health believes in being a good steward of our community resources, including the environment.
Our systemwide Think GREEN Program has members from throughout our 24-hospital organization who help create programs that reduce our impact on the environment.
We strongly believe that being environmentally conscious is the right thing to do - fiscally and ethically.
In 2012 Banner's focus on recycling paper paid off; our efforts saved:
- more than 20,450 trees
- over eight million gallons of water
- more than 4.8 million kwh of electricity
Our reprocessing program diverted more than 115,000 pounds of waste in 2012. It also reduced the environmental impact of manufacturing and transporting new devices.
Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal
In 2012, the Banner pharmaceutical waste program diverted 166,485 pounds of pharmaceutical waste from the environment.
Reusable Sharps Containers
In 2012, Banner Health estimates we have eliminated 190 tons of potential plastic and packaging waste by utilizing reusable containers in our facilities. These containers safely hold used medical "sharps'' - needles, scalpels and other devices prior to disposal. This translates into an estimated cost savings of over $220,000.
Most importantly, the reusable sharps container program has reduced the amount of handling of the containers for our staff - which reduces the chance for injury.
Batteries, bulbs, used oil, cardboard and some chemicals are also recycled through our waste vendors. Banner Health estimates over 1,000 tons of cardboard was recycled, providing a savings of more than $55,000.