East Surrey Hospital is helping staff turn green with the launch of an ambitious new recycling scheme.
The trust is installing over 400 new bins to encourage recycling in every office and staff room.
The hospital in Redhill currently produces 36 tonnes of black bag waste each month and the goal is to reduce this by 50% within a year.
Staff have welcomed the scheme and many have already volunteered to become “Waste Champions” who will help spread information and encourage recycling in every department at the Canada Avenue site.
Trust logistics manager Phil Stone said: “We all know recycling prevents the unnecessary waste of natural resources and protects our environment and atmosphere. Many of us recycle at home but it is important that we also do this in our workplaces. We want to be as green as possible and reduce costs – it’s a win win situation”.
He added: “With the help of our new waste contractor we have already achieved one of our goals by reducing the amount of our black bag waste that goes into landfill to zero. Any residual waste that cannot be recycled is now turned into electricity at our contractors Energy from Waste plant near Heathrow”.
The new scheme uses two bins: a green bin for mixed recycling that allows the hospital to recycle cardboard, paper, glass bottles & jars, aluminium cans, steel cans and plastic bottles. A second black bin is used for non-recyclables.