The recycling program at new Parkland is a critical component of Parkland’s actions to be sustainable. The new hospital has been designed to simplify recycling, thereby making Parkland good stewards of the earth and taxpayers’ resources.
Parkland is currently estimating almost 1,000 tons of recycling waste to be generated in the new hospital, said Mark Meadors, Sustainable Design Project Manager for HDR Architecture Inc. This includes paper, cardboard, plastics, and glass generated by the caregivers, visitors and patients.
Meadors said Parkland has worked diligently to provide enough locations to handle this volume.
“Recycling bins will be distributed throughout the building in locations like elevator lobbies, lounges, conference areas and classrooms and waiting rooms,” said Mark, who was involved throughout the design of Parkland and works closely with BARA, Parkland’s construction partners.
Construction crews at new Parkland already are recycling 89 percent of the construction waste they create, according to Audrey Burns, a Project Engineer with BARA. This is comprised of metal, wood, concrete, stone and paper. Workers use separate dumpsters for each recyclable material.
Last year workers at new Parkland recycled more than 28,800 tons of materials. That includes 816 tons of wood; 1,600 tons of metal; and 26,000 tons of concrete. Through April of this year nearly 1,000 tons of materials have been recycled at new Parkland, including 310 tons of wood, 270 tons of metal, 374 tons of concrete, 28 tons of sheetrock and 7 tons of paper, according to data from Eric English, Parkland’s Sustainability Engineer Coordinator.
About 18 percent of Parkland’s materials come from, and are recycled, within a 500-mile radius of the construction project. That’s a key accomplishment necessary for recognition with the U.S. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design group. The group wants to promote using recycled products locally, instead of creating more pollution by shipping products from overseas and distant locations.
Recycling reduces waste and diverts waste from landfills, preserves natural materials, and turns the recyclable waste into new products that can be reused.