NHS Trusts make new recycling commitment

Recycling firm Viridor has secured a five-year contract to process and treat waste and recycling for three NHS Trusts in Devon.

The work will cover 60 NHS sites across Devon including Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust, South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

From 1 February this year, Viridor will recycle plastic, paper, cardboard, tins, food waste, glass, green waste, wood and construction materials, as well as collecting and treating residual waste from all 60 sites.

“Our depots in Plymouth, Newton Abbot, Barnstaple and Taunton will all be working to support this partnership and ensure the three Devon NHS Trusts receive an efficient and cost effective service,”added Viridor’s regional director Mark Woods.

All NHS organisations have been tasked to monitor, report and set reduction targets on all domestic and clinical waste as part of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Health and Care System 2014 – 2020, published in January 2014, which sets out the NHS’s strategy for transitioning to being a low carbon organisation.

Last year, edie reported that NHS Trusts across the country were being encouraged to work towards best practice in waste compliance new guidance on waste auditing prepared by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) healthcare waste special interest group. Read more here.

Lucinda Dann

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