Goal Update

System-Wide Baseline (2020): 16.6%

Current (Q2 2023): 15.8%

Goal: 50%

Diversion rate is the percentage of materials not going to the landfill

Recent Successes

Expanded Recycling

Recycling streams have been extended to most clinics across the system and Methodist Fremont Health. Sustainability Ambassador Leadership Teams (SALTs) have worked to right size recycling bin locations, dock storage capacity, and pickup frequency. To learn more about what’s recyclable, visit the Sustainability page on the intranet.


Methodist continues to explore ways to expand access to composting across affiliate locations and within operations. The current list of locations with compost available in select areas includes: Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Corporate (825 Building), Nebraska Methodist College, and Methodist Women’s Health. Due to the out-of-range location of Methodist Jennie Edmundson for the vendor and the limited accessibility of the dock at Methodist Fremont Health, it has not been possible to expand composting to these locations yet. However, Methodist is continuing to explore options to expand composting to the remaining facilities, and this list may expand in the future.

Centralized Trash Collection

Methodist is committed to improving diversion rates and has shifted to having all waste streams together in central locations. This practice ensures that all employees have easy access to all available waste streams and are not accidentally mis-sorting their waste because they only have access to one waste stream at their desk. Additionally, this centralized structure drastically reduces the amount of waste coming from plastic liners in personal bins, and streamlines the pickup process.

Education & Outreach

All employees and visitors have a role to play in achieving our diversion rate goal. Each hospital location along with corporate has a Sustainability Ambassador Leadership Team (SALT) set up to support and expand education opportunities around best practices for sustainability at Methodist for its employees and visitors. Continued education and outreach is critical to improving waste diversion.

Nebraska Methodist College

NMC received a grant from the Nebraska Recycling Council in 2020 to purchase color-coded bins for recycling, landfill, and compost. Staff created activities and materials to educate students and staff about how to properly sort their items, including a video shown on community monitors, a sorting game for cafeteria-goers, effective signage, and email campaigns.

Increased Diversion Rates

The diversion rate at the 825 Building has slid down to 42% as of the end of Q2 2023 from 63% at the end of Q2 2022 (rolling 12 month). This drop is offset by a decrease in the total amount of waste coming from the 825 building, down by as much as 21 tons by the end of Q2 2023, compared with the 12-month total from the end of Q2 2022.

825 Waste Audit

Volunteers at 825 completed a visual waste audit of waste bins located in or near cafeterias over a 2-week period. The audit aimed to identify which items were commonly being missorted and locations for new or expanded waste bins. The results of the audit are being used by the Sustainability Ambassador Leadership Teams (SALTs) to improve signage and waste education.

Upcoming Efforts

Recycling & Composting Expansion

We will continually evaluate our waste management systems to ensure they are effectively increasing our diversion rate. Where possible and practical, we will continue to expand recycling and composting services.

Our Goals