Local Health Board named Green Star for environmental success

by Search Gate staff. Published Wed 07 Apr 2010 22:26
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Martin Cronin demonstrates the recycling facilities

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is celebrating after being named a public sector Green Star for the significant steps taken to improve its environmental performance.

The health board is the latest Welsh public sector organisation to be selected as a ‘Green Star’ in the Welsh Assembly Government’s Public Sector Waste Minimisation Campaign.

The campaign has been set up to encourage organisations in the sector to cut their output of waste which in turn reduces the size of their carbon footprint.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by introducing a number of measures to divert the amount of waste that it generates from landfill.

Recycling activities have taken place alongside the implementation of the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005, which dictates that producers of waste must segregate hazardous and non hazardous waste.

Programme and Service Modernisation Manager Sarah Brown said: “Our organisation provides health services for over 445,000 people living in the Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan areas and manages nine hospitals and seventeen health centres and clinics.

All staff from doctors and nurses, to caterers and administration staff are encouraged to minimise waste, reuse and recycle. Many domestic waste bins have been changed to mixed recycling bins, training has been delivered to staff and posters and leaflets produced to support recycling activities.”

Examples of steps taken by the health board to reduce its waste include recycling cardboard, shredded paper, office paper, newspapers, magazines, bottles, cans, plastic containers, electrical and electronic equipment, wood and scrap metal.

Brown added, “In one year alone over 6500 items and an additional 481 tonnes of waste was recycled from our sites instead of being sent to landfill. We have also saved a total of £16,500 in the last financial year after monitoring the direct cost of waste and taking remedial action.

“The measures which we have introduced have helped to address segregation of waste, reuse opportunities, recycling opportunities whilst leaving the healthcare environment in a situation more conducive to patient care.”

The Welsh Assembly Public Sector Waste Minimisation Campaign is being delivered by Envirowise.

Ann Stevenson, Envirowise public sector programme director in Wales, said: “Our Green Stars initiative enables us to highlight the good work being done within the public sector to reduce waste, cut carbon and save money and resources. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is a fantastic example of an organisation that has changed the way it works to avoid creating waste and to reduce its environmental impact.”

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