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Case study: Reducing waste - UK

Case Study: Reducing Waste - UK

In this slide show we will hear from the Barts Health NHS Trust Waste Management team and learn about all amazing work they have been doing behind the scenes.

  • In 2014, Barts Health NHS Trust, UK, was the first NHS trust to receive the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste Reduction.
  • In 2014 they also received a Green Apple Award for innovation, for being the first NHS trust to use re-vending machines in our hospitals, helping staff and visitors to recycle their empty plastic bottles and metal cans
  • In 2016, Barts Health NHS Trust, were the first NHS trust in the UK to use Eurotec Environmental’s innovative steriwave technology. This microwaves and turns the hospital’s offensive and infectious clinical waste bag waste into a product called flock. This waste is then used as a fuel in the Netherlands to heat housing projects (the Environment Agency does not license this flock as a fuel to be used in the UK).
  • In 2017 they were finalists in the Chartered Institute of Waste Management Sustainability and Resource Awards for the Best Reuse and Waste Prevention Project.
  • In 2018, Barts Health NHS Trust won two National Awards: the NHS Sustainability Awards for the Best Reuse Project, and the HSJ Value Awards, in the Estates and Facilities category, for their sustainable reuse and bulk waste prevention project.
  • In 2019 they won, again, at the HSJ Value Awards, in the Estates and Facilities category, for their exemplar waste compliance and behavioural change project.

The waste management team have saved their organisation nearly £2 million through better waste segregation and using greener, sustainable innovations.

If you would like to contact the Barts Health NHS Trust Waste Management team you can contact them through their webpage

Dr Evelina Russell has provided the voice over for these slides.

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