So much of the waste that we produce at the hospital is recyclable, yet we incinerate over 480 tonnes, send over 228 tonnes for alternative treatment and over 507 tonnes to landfill each year.
It is expensive to burn and landfill waste and the cost of disposal for our Trust increases each year.
As a stark contrast, the Trust is paid for each tonne of recyclable waste that it diverts from landfill or incinerators. Consequently, the more recyclable waste we can remove from our clinical and domestic waste streams, the more money we have to spend on important resources, such as medical equipment and front line staff.
We fully endorse the Waste Prevention Programme for England and we are committed to taking all measures that are reasonably practicable to follow the waste hierarchy whilst taking account of, and complying with, existing legislation and guidance to:
The Trust reviews, annually reports, and to continually strives to improve our performance in line with Government’s ‘zero waste economy’ commitment.
In winter 2012 the school room in the Paediatric Ward was set a challenge to create festive decorations to be put on the large Christmas tree outside the L&D Main Entrance. They were asked to make use of waste materials where possible to create works of art – Christmas decorations – which had a twin benefit of keeping waste out of landfill and saving money on buying new items.