Businesses take eco-friendly practices seriously (04/20/10):

Banner Health

The health-care provider is Mesa’s second-largest employer. It is saving tons of land waste by recycling more of its day-to-day equipment and supplies.

Last year, Banner, which serves seven Western states, saved $2.1 million in supplies companywide by trying to be more green. In Arizona, Banner hospitals collectively saved 61,000 pounds of waste by sterilizing and reissuing unused surgical tools.

In fact, Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, which serves parts of east Mesa, was given the 2009 Healthy Hospital Award by Phoenix-based Ascent Healthcare Solutions. The hospital reduced supply costs by $251,386 and reduced the amount of waste by 9,164 pounds, nearly 5 tons.