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NRAs 2015 Healthcare Recycler: Isle of Wight NHS Trust

During the past two years, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has more than doubled its recycling rate from 12% to 40% while cutting its waste costs by a third.

Its domestic recycling rate reached 40% this year as a result of its initiatives. Waste management had been side-lined for a number of years, the organisation had no formal controls or governance in place for waste management and there was poor segregation of waste.

Once presented with the benefits of good waste management, the management team committed to address the situation. A cross-departmental Waste Management Group was created, with representation from clinical staff, infection control, pharmacy, facilities management, and health and safety. The group is guided by the waste hierarchy and sustainability principles, to deal with waste in a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and compliant manner.

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

It produced a waste policy which became the cornerstone of a comprehensive management system, including a programme of implementation, a full set of standard operating procedures, monitoring and auditing protocols, a risk register and key performance indicators to track progress.

Investment was secured for the creation of two secure recycling compounds, including the purchase of a mobile compactor and two cardboard balers. The hospital’s Product Standardisation Group, which selects supplies and consumables, was trained to ensure that waste was integral in its decision process. Quick wins have included the introduction of reusable rather than disposable glove dispensers. With the Trust using more than 7,000 glove boxes a year, this prevents a large volume of waste.

“We were impressed by the comprehensive reworking of the waste and recycling arrangements and the rapid improvement in performance. The smart use of a new commercial contract to provide investment and innovative waste minimisation initiatives contributed to the process.”

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It also has an internal reuse system and works with reuse charities across the island.

The Trust now has 20 segregated domestic waste streams, from batteries to WEEE, office paper and cardboard. Hazardous waste segregation was tightened, ensuring that recycling facilities were available throughout the estate, while procedures for internal collection were updated. Maintenance teams were engaged to ensure correct segregation of specific wastes.

A year ago the Trust introduced recycling bins in the main public areas of the hospital. Since then, facilities for the segregation of commingled paper, plastic bottles, cans and glass have been introduced in clinical and office areas, with the commingled recycling scheme aligned to the council’s so that it was familiar to staff from home.


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