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helped UCSF give new life to discarded laboratory equipment, and allowed us to donate 11.6 tons to K-12 science programs over the course of the year. In addition to this, UCSF Health diverted 25% of its solid waste over the course of 2016 through recycling and composting programs like patient-room recycling, the composting of paper towels in bathrooms, and composting 90% of all patient and retail food waste. A blue-wrap recycling program at the Mission Bay ORs is diverting more

than 24,000 pounds of plastic from landfills annually. 40 bottle fillers were installed in drinking fountains and sinks across campus to encourage reusable water bottles and reduce waste. Furthermore, when UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital moved to its new facility at Mission Bay, it donated 63,000 pounds of medical equipment, furniture, and supplies to Harare Children’s Hospital in Zimbabwe. Over the past five years, UCSF Health has continued to increase the reprocessing of single-use devices in the OR, cath

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lab, and patient care units, which diverted 62,000 pounds of waste and generated $1.167 million in savings in the financial year 2015-16 alone. Despite the challenge of solid waste diversion in hospitals, we expect continued focus in this area. PROCUREMENT, FOOD, AND TOXICS UCSF aims to incorporate best and economically-viable, environmentally-preferable purchasing practices. As a result of aggressive negotiations, all copy paper at UCSF Health

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