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Hospital recycling and waste review success could extend across trust

A hospital waste review that is on target to achieved 43% cost savings and a 30% reduction in residual waste could be extended across the whole trust. Recycling Action Yorkshire (RAY) helped the Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to review its recycling practices. Following the assessment, the Trust estimates it will save £67,000 a year with its clinical waste reduction and recycling programmes. Barnsley Hospital facilities manager Pete Allen said: In fact, recycling has been so successful we are discussing running trials to extend its availability throughout the Primary Care Trust in Barnsley too. It has proven a great investment and demonstrates just what is possible when organisations have the confidence and commitment to try new approaches to environmental challenges. Contracts with local recycling companies to collect wood, paper, cardboard, glass, furniture, waste electrical equipment and fluorescent tubes have helped reduce road miles needed to move recyclable materials and have shrunk the Trusts carbon footprint further. RAY project manager Steven Ogden said: Barnsley Hospital is providing a model that any Trust looking to boost performance and efficiency could adopt. Staff at the site are passionate about recycling and have been the key to this projects success. Allen said: The partnership between the hospital, RAY, Yorkshire Forward and NHS Yorkshire and Humber Commercial Procurement Collaborative (YHCPC) has helped us to achieve significant environmental and efficiency gains. Staff and patients are benefiting from the changes. Yorkshire Forward and the YHCPC funded the waste management project.

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