BUFFALO and BATAVIA — VA Western New York Healthcare System announces both Buffalo and Batavia facilities are recipients of The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Sustainability Awards in 2020.

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The Environmental Excellence Awards are the nation’s premier recognition program for environmental performance in the health care sector. The Buffalo facility has been recognized for the past four years; the Batavia facility has been recognized for the past three years.

Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, and developed successful sustainability programs.

During the last year, combined efforts at the Buffalo and Batavia facilities achieved recycling amounts of 120 tons (240,000 lbs.) cardboard, 76 tons (152,000 lbs.) paper, 73 tons (146,000 lbs.) scrap metal, 26 tons (52,000 lbs.) electronics, 15 tons (30,000 lbs.) comingled plastic/metal/glass, three tons (6,000 lbs.) batteries, two tons (4,000 lbs.) cooking oil, and one ton (2,000 lbs.) fluorescent lamps.

This recycling totals 316 tons (632,000 lbs.) overall.

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