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Hospital in Leicester catches the recycling bug

A hospital in Leicester has caught the recycling bug and is launching a traffic light waste system in a bid to recycle more waste. The two week pilot project will be launched in Ward 26 of Glenfield Hospital with orange, yellow and green bags being used. Yellow clinical bags will be used for sensitive clinical waste, orange bags for all other clinical waste and green bags for recyclable materials. In addition, domestic waste will be disposed of in traditional black sacks. All staff involved in waste management at ward level and throughout the will undergo waste disposal and segregation training. The move comes at a time when the Royal Berkshire Hospital launched a waste awareness campaign, to cut down the amount of waste it threw away. Recycling items will include paper, cardboard, plastic and polythene, glass, metal and aluminium. Premises and acting domestic contract manager Gaye Page said: We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint, of which waste disposal plays a significant part in this initiative. Not only is recycling more cost effective than landfill, it is better for the environment. Our team has come up with some ingenious ideas for ensuring we can save the environment without putting patients or anyone else at risk, a number of radical changes that will really make a positive impact. Our ultimate goal is to get ward level waste segregation imbedded successfully throughout Glenfield Hospital and then subsequently the rest of our hospital. Page hopes the scheme will help cut the hospitals £200,000 annual bill for waste.

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