June 27, 2019 | Number of The Day
Pounds of waste that one NJ hospital diverted from landfills and incinerators in 2016-2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has just announced The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey as one of the 2018 winners of the national WasteWise awards. The two-decade-old WasteWise program recognize leadership in sustainability, waste reduction and diversion, and environmental stewardship.

The hospital was named the national Non-Profit Organization Partner of the Year. It diverted more than 830,554 pounds of material from landfills and incinerators and increased its single-stream recycling by 10 tons from 2016 to 2017 by improving access to bins, creating a special sort center, and working on employee education and engagement.

Ravitz Family Markets in New Jersey (Cherry Hill, Marlton, Mount Laurel, and Camden) was also named among the four winners in the New York-New Jersey region. All told, they diverted more than 356,000 tons of waste from landfills.