Top Quebec Hospitals Lead the Charge on Sustainability

Logo CHU deQuebecThe CHU de Québec is one of the largest  university hospital centres in Canada, combining the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université Laval, L’Hôtel Dieu de Québec, Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus, Hôpital du Saint-Sacrement and Hôpital Saint-François d’Assise. The hospital centre provides general and specialized (primarily highly specialized) care and serves all of Eastern Quebec, which has a population of nearly two million people. With close ties to the Université Laval and a focus on the future, it is also involved in teaching and research in a number of areas of excellence, and in the evaluation of technologies and approaches to medical intervention. The CHU de Québec has over 14,000 employees, 1,600 physicians, dentists and pharmacists, 319 regular and associate researchers, as well as 195 affiliated researchers and 680 volunteers.

Aware of its social and corporate responsibility, the CHU de Québec has made sustainable development a priority and is committed to sound waste management. Thus the Call2Recycle program has proven to be a valuable means of responsibly disposing of batteries from various activities.

“As one of Canada’s largest hospitals, it’s important for us to find innovative solutions to minimize the impact of our activities on the environment,” says Anne-Marie Gargano-Huard, a sustainable development consultant at the CHU de Québec.

Critical need to recycle batteries

The staff of the CHU de Québec uses battery-operated tools and equipment on a daily basis. So battery recycling is an integral part of the waste management program. The regulation concerning the extended responsibility of producers (Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises) is designed to shift the responsibility of managing waste resulting from the use of a variety of products to the enterprises that initiated the marketing of them in a given area.

So this has been a great opportunity for  the CHU de Québec to put a collection system in place at no cost. At the end of its first year of implementation, the CHU de Québec has recycled more than 6,664 pounds (3,023 kilograms) of batteries. The program was easy to set up and is equally easy to manage on a day-to-day basis. “Call2Recycle has provided us with a free solution for recycling our batteries simply and effectively, without complicating the process,” adds Anne-Marie Gargano-Huard. “We need to be assured that the batteries we collect are recycled and safely diverted from the waste stream. The Call2Recycle program has been the simplest way to get that assurance. The CHU de Québec is proud to be a Call2Recycle partner!”

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