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NRAs 2015 Healthcare Recycler: Finalists

HIGHLY COMMENDED: North Bristol NHS Trust and Benji and Company (BCL Services)

Bristol’s new hospital opened its doors in May 2014, and the Trust was left with two multi-acre sites requiring significant clearance. The partnership between NBT, Hilditch and BCL Services ensured that all items in the old sites were identified as either for disposal, re-sale or reuse. One of the Trust’s main aims was to find a partner that would be able to maximise the recycling potential of every item and every skip. BCL’s processes reduced the number of skips required and the carbon footprint of the project. Overall volume of items removed from site was 2,768 tonnes, with an additional 1,913 tonnes being recycled when compared with standard processes.       

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Grundon Waste Management (below)

Grundon has been successful in cutting waste and reducing the Trust’s carbon footprint by two-thirds.


Grundon’s specialist clinical waste management team worked closely with the Trust’s facilities team to make major changes to the way waste is disposed of. Achievements included the implementation of a non-infectious clinical waste stream, allowing 25% of waste to go to energy recovery, up from 4% two years previously. An education and communication programme for staff saw a 3% increase in non-clinical waste recycled and a 5% reduction in waste sent to landfill.

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (below)

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS

The 5 Boroughs Trust developed a sustainable waste management programme in 2012-13 to introduce a more sustainable system. The service was redesigned in order to improve efficiency, reduce costs and cut carbon emissions. It involved a review of all waste streams and implementation of schemes that would increase levels of reuse and recycling and divert waste from landfill. Staff from across the Trust were involved at all stages, alongside volunteer service user representatives. The programme resulted in increased reuse and recycling levels and a reduction in waste to landfill of 88 tonnes in year one. Positive outcomes have been maintained and improved on year after year.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Bywaters

The Trust is striving to match the EU household waste recycling target of 50% by 2020, and Bywaters provided a total waste management service for the collection, storage, transportation and safe disposal of wastes from Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals. Wastes managed include clinical and sharps (hazardous), radioactive, chemical/flammable, domestic, food, recyclable, bulky, WEEE and confidential. Since the partnership’s start in April 2014, there has been a three-fold increase in food waste collected from both hospitals to 7.7 tonnes in January 2015. Dry recyclables are processed through Bywaters’ MRF with a 98% recovery rate.

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (below)

Rotherham's Be A Recycler Today

Rotherham introduced the Be A Recycler Today (BART) initiative and a new paper recycling scheme. The Trust has seen a 117.6% increase in tonnage of plastic waste from 2012-13 to 2013-14 and an increase in cardboard/paper bales by 18.95%. To further increase the recycling of plastic, a machine to bale wrapping and hard plastic was commissioned in March together with trials of a baler for plastic and aluminium cans. Go Recycle A Can Everyday (GRACE) bins were introduced in March so the BART bins will be used for plastic only and GRACE bins for cans only.

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Through a process of investment in tools to aid segregation, a strong focus on communication and engagement with staff at all levels, segregation and recycling are now established routines for everyone. The system is clear and simple to follow and within one month the benefits were being seen in terms of improved recycling, lower costs, tidier working environments and working efficiencies. Around 54% of waste was recycled in 2012-13 by volume, and the waste contractor started to divert 100% of residual waste into preparation for refuse-derived fuel.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (below)

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Central Manchester Trust worked in partnership with Sodexo, its facilities management provider, and WRAP to implement a separate food waste collection programme at ward level and other initiatives to reduce food waste at source. This resulted in the recycling rate for general domestic waste increasing from 25% to 95% and a reduction of more than 100 tonnes a year in food waste volumes. Cost savings of £17,000 per year were achieved from reducing the food waste stream.


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