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Recycling tradition benefits babies

Ketchikan | June 15, 2020
person holding crushed soda cans
For years, Susan Walsh has collected cans to help fund little extras at the PeaceHealth Birthing Center in Ketchikan.

For years, Ketchikan residents have been donating cans--empty ones--on the first Sunday of the month at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.

Those aluminum cans have been turned into teaching materials for New Beginnings, the birthing center at the hospital.

Susan Walsh, RN started the recycling project to fund extras for the center where she has been a long-time caregiver.

The day after the Fourth of July is typically one of the biggest boons of the year for aluminum cans--which should be no surprise as it follows the annual community parade, picnics and other festivities. 

Special reminders

"It’s just for aluminum cans,” reminds Susan.  She has sometimes had to “sort out foil, straws, and a plethora of plastic bottles. If all that goes into the final recycling bin, it will contaminate the whole works." Understandably, nobody is keen about sifting through garbage.

“It’s a huge help if people crush the cans before drop off too,” she notes.

Recycle Sunday! happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first Sunday of every month (unless otherwise announced) in the lower covered parking lot at the Tongass entrance across from employee parking at the hospital.

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