Some of Our Accomplishments
Willie White, Steve Egan and the rest of the Receiving Department in the Campus West Building have plenty of work to do as it is.
But if additional work comes in the form of more recyclable inkjet and laser cartridges, cell phones and PDAs, they are fine with that.
The used items, which come from departments throughout the campus, are recycled and redeemed for cash that goes to Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.
The program could bring in $20,000 a year for special programming and amenities for children being cared for at the hospital, which opens September 2009.
White and Egan say not everyone has gotten the word about the program. "I still see boxes left out for the UPS truck to pick up and take back" to the manufacturer, said White, receiving manager.
They're hoping more Upstate employees catch on and designate their recycled cartridges for Golisano Children's Hospital. (See recycling instructions for Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital)
White and his Receiving staff pack the recyclables on pallets for delivery to Walmart in Camillus, where they are sorted and sent to a reclamation service. A recent collection of about 1,300 cartridges totaled nearly $1,500. Prices fluctuate depending on the market.
"This program is the best of both worlds – we're keeping material out of the landfill and at the same time, benefiting our youngest patients," said Cassandra Rucker of the Upstate Medical University Foundation.