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Waste reduction and recycling

During 2012/13, we became 'zero waste to landfill', which represents a significant milestone to waste reduction and a strong commitment to protecting the environment by disposing of waste responsibly. Recycling facilities continued to be rolled out across the Trust in clinical and office areas of the hospital over the past year. We continued to send all food waste from the Catering Department to a local anaerobic digestion plant where it is used to produce energy for the national grid, and by-product liquid fertiliser to local farmers. Battery recycling facilities are also continuing to be rolled out across the Trust.

The installation of Dyson air blade hand driers in non-clinical washrooms has been carried out at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Great savings can be achieved through the installation of these items through the avoided cost in paper towel purchasing and disposal.

We also continued to use compostable items for all single use hot cups and lids, cold cups for drinks and desserts, napkins, cutlery, takeaway boxes and sandwich bags within the hospital restaurants. This has been estimated to save 4.4 tonnes of carbon, 5.1 tonnes of virgin materials, and diverting 11 tonnes of packaging waste from landfill every year.

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