East Tennessee Medical Group’s recycling makes massive impact

Imagine 53 dump trucks, containing paper, cardboard and aluminum, parked end-to-end across East Tennessee Medical Group’s parking lot, 266 Joule Street.

The contents of those 53 trucks are the equivalent of the materials ETMG shredded and recycled in 2009.

Since its beginning, the ETMG recycling program has been a rousing success. According to Rocky Davis, ETMG’s Director of Facilities and Safety, results for 2009 show ETMG recycled 31.4 tons of recyclable paper, which is equivalent to 6.3 million sheets of paper and saves:

• A forest of 534 trees

• 219,660 gallons of water

• 12,552 kilowatts of energy

• 2,824 cubic feet of landfill space

• 3,3138 gallons of gasoline

In addition, ETMG recycled 409 cubic yards of cardboard and 7,020 gallons of aluminum and #2 plastic.

Ron German, CEO of ETMG, said the practice’s employees have solidly embraced the act of processing used materials to create new products. The physician group uses Smith and Hammaker and SPECTRA to assist in its recycling goals.

“We’re committed to making our region a better place. A successful recycling program is one way we can give back to the community,” he said. “Our enthusiasm is high to surpass last year’s numbers and become ‘greener’ as 2010 progresses.”

East Tennessee Medical Group is a 48-provider multi-specialty medical group in Alcoa, serving Blount County for over 15 years. Recently, ETMG was recognized as the #1 HealthCare Facility in Blount County by the Daily Times Reader’s Choice Awards. For more information, call 984-ETMG or visit its website at www.etmg.net.

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