Sustainability in the Lab:

Recycling Initiative reduces chemical waste

Since August 2017, our Environmental Sustainability group has been piloting a methanol recovery system for the stain waste from our hematology department. The stain waste has a high percentage of methanol in it, which is alcohol used for staining slides used for hemotology

Innovation plays a maj...

Innovation plays a major role in the work that we do every day. In September 2017, our Environmental Sustainability group launched a pilot project to recycle liquid chemicals used by our hematology lab. Currently, the chemicals, which include methanol, are prohibited from entering municipal wastewater systems and are disposed of as chemical waste. In order to reduce the amount of waste produced by our labs, the pilot project works to distill and recapture the methanol used by the hematology department for analyzing samples. The pilot revolved around the installation of a new Procycler methanol recovery unit, which works to repurpose of the methanol that was previously disposed of as chemical waste.

“This new program has helped to develop a recycling culture in our labs,” says . “Sustainability has extended in to our daily life. We have all become mindful of taking those extra steps each day to minimize our environmental impact, whether it’s switching to a reusable water bottle or recycling plastic

Innovation plays a major role in the work that we do every day. In September 2017, our Environmental Sustainability group launched a pilot project to recycle liquid chemicals used by our hematology lab. Currently, the chemicals, which include methanol, are prohibited from entering municipal wastewater systems and are disposed of as chemical waste. In order to reduce the amount of waste produced by our labs, the pilot project works to distill and recapture the methanol used by the hematology department for analyzing samples. The pilot revolved around the installation of a new Procycler methanol recovery unit, which works to repurpose of the methanol that was previously disposed of as chemical waste.