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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on March 03, 2011

Georgetown Hospital System Cafeterias Going Green

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Georgetown, SC The cafeterias at Georgetown Memorial and Waccamaw Community Hospital are making more changes to “Go Green.”  Beginning this month, both cafeterias will use EarthChoice biodegradable to-go boxes instead of Styrofoam. As a result of the switch, approximately 4,000 less Styrofoam containers will be sent to the landfill each week and 192,000 less will be sent per year.  The cafeterias are also using more water efficient dish machines that will save more than $7,000 each year in water usage. The reduction in water also reduces the amount of chemicals released into the environment via waste water and hospital electric costs.

The cafeteria initiative is one of many programs Georgetown Hospital System participates in that demonstrates the organization’s commitment to helping the environment. Georgetown Hospital System also has an active recycling committee that is identifying ways to reduce, recycle, or reuse various materials throughout the organization.


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