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BUPA saving the environment as well as lives

Leicester’s BUPA hospital is not just in the business of saving lives, but is now having great success in helping to save the environment.

Huge strides have been made since BUPA officer Brian Dutton approached waste services provider Shanks Waste Management just three months ago about reducing the hospital’s waste volumes and improving recycling.

In the last six weeks alone, 2.4 tonnes of paper and cardboard has been recycled, the equivalent of saving 37 trees.

Shanks brought in their recycling partners in the Leicester area, Environ to help the hospital become more environmentally conscious, with the charity funded organisation offering business advice on environmental efficiency and saving money.

Shanks operations manager for the midlands John Middlebrook said: “We are delighted with the success that the three organisations have achieved together; it is a tremendous encouragement in pursuing both Shanks and Environs mission to divert waste away from landfill.”

With guidance from the two organisations, the hospital now has an extensive programme of recycling cardboard, paper, cans, plastics, ink cartridges and fluorescent lighting.

Environ recycling manager Cristina Calleja said: “Finally recycling and environmental issues are starting to have a real effect in Leicester and our partnership with Shanks and our educational programmes and financial savings for business are becoming known throughout the area.”

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