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MetWest Goes Green

By Jenny Langford, 29/04/2008

In the second half of 2007 the MetWest staff and management made the move to improve waste management techniques and decrease power usage at the Eye Centre as methods to reduce their carbon footprint. 

Already having a keen sense of the need to recycle and re-use, with recycling of printer and photocopier cartridges, paper and other waste underway, staff were asked to think outside the square for new techniques.

Wendy Kemp (pictured left), MetWest's self-proclaimed green ambassador, was awarded for her ideas in this area, which she not only presented, but was also instrumental in implementing.

The scope of implemented initiatives is wide and varied and includes:

  • Cardboard box recycling via the Visy centre at Blacktown
  • The installation of an "Aero-bin", a self-contained compost bin for food scraps, excess waste paper and garden refuse
  • Increased paper recycling via Blacktown Council
  • The installation of a rainwater tank, with water to be used on the gardens
  • All light-globes to be replaced with energy efficient globes
  • Increased usage of "review stations" for the OCT images, with Ophthalmologist viewing images digitally, rather than printing them.  Similar methods for review are currently being investigated for fundal photography images.

This is an ongoing program for MetWest as they continue to find new ways to reduce waste to landfill, and increase awareness of the need for environmental conservation. 

If you have any suggestions as to how MetWest can continue this process please email us at info@metwesteyecentre.com.au

 

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