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Helping Sheffield Hospitals ‘spend public money wisely’

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest of 152 NHS Foundation Trusts in the United Kingdom. With over 16,000 staff and 1 million patients cared for each year, it has five hospitals and additional satellite sites across Sheffield. Viridor collects and treats over 2,500 tonnes of waste and recycling from STH each year.

 

Problems

STH have made considerable improvements in reducing waste to landfill in previous years, however aren’t reaching the desired recycling standards. The organisation required an overall rethink of their waste management requirements. During the implementation of the new service getting staff and visitors to recycle more was relatively easy but maintaining the quality of the recycled material required a “quality not quantity” message.

 

Solutions

Identify recycling and recovery opportunities:

When Viridor started working with STH they carried out an audit to identify improvements that would enhance the hospital’s environmental credentials and save unnecessary costs;

  • STH’s general waste is collected and bulked up at a local facility and transported for energy recovery at Viridor’s own facility in Runcorn.
  • Over 900 tonnes of material are recycled every year. Mixed recycling, green waste and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) are collected and sorted for reprocessing at Viridor’s local facility.
  • Cardboard is segregated for recycling on-site generating a revenue rather than a cost.

A Flexible Service

The local Viridor customer service and logistics teams, including the dedicated account manager, use their local knowledge to provide a timely and efficient service. As part of the contract between Viridor and STH contingency plans are in place in case of any emergency.

 

Increasing Understanding

Viridor works closely with STH, to develop messages for end users of the service; the doctors, nurses, domestic cleaning staff and hospital visitors who all produce waste. Viridor attends STH sustainability days to encourage positive environmental behaviour. Working together to make improvements that minimise costs and maximise environmental efficiencies benefits all partners.

 

Viridor is a partner of choice for the healthcare sector

As a preferred recycling and waste management supplier for the healthcare sector, Viridor builds on its considerable experience to offer the best possible service to its customers. Viridor is an approved supplier on the North of England NHS commercial procurement collaborative framework, and works with NHS and other healthcare suppliers across the UK.

 

Come and visit Viridor Waste Management Limited at stand G54 to find out more information.

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