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Robin Spencer flattens a box for recycling. Through recycling of paper, glass, metal and plastic, Rice Hospital diverts thousands of pounds of waste each year from the Kandiyohi County landfill. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Rice Hospital tackles waste reduction in ways big and small


WILLMAR -- Her hands clad in blue gloves, Robin Spencer, a medical technologist in the Rice Memorial Hospital laboratory, rinses a set of used glass vials, then places them in a recycling container next to the sink.

A few steps away stands a shredder for shredding and collecting paper for recycling.

And tucked into a corner of the laboratory is the room where alcohol is distilled and recaptured for reuse.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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