OSF HealthCare Christmas light recycling effort exceeds expectations


MONMOUTH – An OSF HealthCare campaign among five hospitals to keep non-working Christmas lights out of the landfill was a success, resulting in diverting one-and-a-half tons from the waste stream, OSF announced Monday.

It is estimated household waste increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, adding an extra six tons of trash to landfills nationwide.

“We are involved in a number of sustainability efforts at our various medical facilities but it was satisfying we could extend an effort to include several communities we serve,” said Steve Looney, the Western Region Director of Facilities Operations for OSF HealthCare. “Obviously, area residents found this a much-needed service and I’m just thrilled we could play a role in diverting so much waste from local landfills.”  

A final collection total of slightly more than 3,000 pounds of broken lights was counted. The collection drive was held from Dec. 3 through Jan. 11.

OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford won the friendly competition with 925 pounds collected. Facilities Manager Mike Mader was impressed by the response.

“The final tally from our efforts far exceeded our wildest expectations, especially because it was our first time participating here at OSF Saint Anthony. It’s a tremendous feeling knowing that we could serve as a valuable community resource.” said Mader.

Here are results by hospital of Christmas lights results collected: 
#1   OSF Healthcare Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, IL- 925 Lbs.
#2   OSF Healthcare Saint Paul Medical Center, Mendota, IL- 816 Lbs.
#3   OSF Healthcare Saint Luke Medical Center, Kewanee, IL- 594 Lbs.
#4   OSF Healthcare St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg, IL- 515 Lbs.
#5   OSF Healthcare Holy Family Medical Center-Monmouth, IL- 211 Lbs.

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