April 12, 2012

Recycling program expanding to TVC, Medical Center East

by Paul Govern

Beginning in May, plastic and aluminum recycling is coming to The Vanderbilt Clinic and Medical Center East.

Every staff break room will have a receptacle for collection of both aluminum and plastic — no sorting required. Receptacles will also be placed in several public areas inside the two buildings.

According to Andrea George, Ph.D., director of the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office, TVC and MCE were the only two remaining buildings on the Vanderbilt campus that did not offer plastic and aluminum recycling.

Vanderbilt Medical Group’s janitorial vendor helped set up the program and has agreed to service the receptacles at no additional cost. The School of Medicine is purchasing the receptacles, and will reap the modest recycling revenue.

Between reduced landfill fees and rebates from the recycling vendor, recycling provides a net savings for VUMC, according to George.

“Associate VMG Director Racy Peters and her staff, especially Project Coordinator Amanda Bright, are to be commended for getting this program up and running,” George said.

For more information, contact the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office via e-mail at sustainvu@vanderbilt.edu.