Shortlisted for NHS Sustainability Awards
We are delighted to announce that two of Bywaters customers, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH) and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted for prestigious NHS Sustainability Awards. GOSH is shortlisted in the Reuse category and Guy’s and St Thomas’ in the Finance category. The winners are to be announced on 17 May at an awards celebration at Imperial College, South Kensington.
GOSH used to dispose of over 5 tonnes of bulk waste and WEEE materials every month, sometimes to landfill. Now, working with Bywaters’ sustainability managers, a significant number of good quality, unwanted items are being recycled to a network of charities through the use of an innovative recycling app. It is envisaged that GOSH will save up to £20,000 per annum on disposal costs whilst helping charities such as The Salvation Army, EMMAUS, The Foodchain, CTR Europe and Groundwork, amongst many others. Multiple initiatives ensure that all GOSH’s waste streams are managed safely and efficiently.
Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust manages over 5,000 tonnes of waste per annum from its two busy London hospitals. Bywaters has been working with the Trust to help it cut costs by reducing overall waste, correcting material segregation and maximising recycling rates. In particular, the Trust saved a significant amount when awarding the contract to Bywaters in April 2014, where the best in market disposal rates were received.
Today the Trust’s 15,000+ staff receive ongoing training in responsible waste management and are aware of their personal impact on the environment. These messages are endorsed via news updates, reward programmes and signage. Systems introduced by Bywaters include an on-site weigh-bridge system that acts as a real-time auditing tool. Bar-coded bins reveal which wards generate high levels of waste so that waste managers can take steps to maximise recycling rates without diluting service quality, efficiency and compliance. Strategic bin placements throughout the wards have seen an increase in recycling diverted each month from circa 80 tonnes per month.
Unwanted furniture is recycled within the two hospitals as far as possible and any surplus equipment is donated to hospitals in disadvantaged areas such as Somalia. Sticking to the proximity principal, recyclable waste is segregated locally at Bywaters’ material recovery facility and non-recyclable waste is transported at night via the River Thames to minimise road traffic congestion and CO2 emissions. As a result of these, and other initiatives, the Trust received a 91% score on the Carbon Trust Waste Standard – the highest score ever achieved in both the private and public sectors.
If Bywaters wins the NHS Sustainability Award in the Reuse and/or Finance category it will a welcome acknowledgement of the great work our customers have taken and Bywaters have supported wholeheartedly.