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OLBH Offering Free Blue Wrap as Part of Green Initiative
OLBH is offering free, sterile blue wrap to interested area businesses as part of the hospital’s recycling efforts.
OLBH uses a blue sterilization wrap to cover instrument trays while they are being sterilized. As the trays are prepared for each surgical case, the blue wrap is removed, folded and repacked and are awaiting area business interested in making use of the clean and sturdy material. The blue wrap is produced by Kimberly Clark and is a woven paper material interlaced with a synthetic weave that makes normal paper recyclers unable to accept this material, which otherwise will be bound for landfills.
As part of OLBH’s green initiatives, spearheaded by its Green Team, the hospital has found other uses for the material through partnerships with area businesses. Some local moving companies utilize the blue wrap to protect household articles that must be wrapped prior to being boxed and moved. Certain local animal hospitals are using OLBH’s blue wrap to line animal trays as it is more durable than newspaper.
“This cooperative effort between OLBH and these local businesses has proved to be a win-win effort for all concerned,” Phil Degelia, OLBH director of Materials Management, said. “OLBH is able to recycle a product and the local businesses have saved on purchasing another product or found the blue wrap to perform better than what they were using.” The blue wrap comes in several sizes that can be cut easily.
OLBH was recently honored with the 2012 Partner for Change Award to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector. The blue wrap recycling initiative is an example of OLBH’s environmental programs.
Business interested in free blue wrap should contact Phil Degelia at (606) 833-4232.