Thursday, May 30, 2024

Raising waste awareness at Basildon and Orsett hospitals

EACH day, Basildon and Orsett Hospitals generate five tonnes of waste. This is split between recycling and domestic waste, confidential paper waste and different types of clinical waste including sharps.

Staff at Basildon Hospital were able to find out more about what happens to their workplace waste, at a recent waste awareness day.

Hospital staff are required to segregate their waste and dispose of it in the correct containers. This is vitally important in the hospital environment, where different types of waste cannot be mixed for safety reasons.

Fraser Cutting, waste manager explains: “It is really important that our staff know how to safely handle and segregate the different types of waste generated in the hospital, and every member of staff has a role to play.

“Holding waste awareness days are just one way in which we inform staff about why correct waste management is important. They give us a chance to share information with staff, and to find out more about their understanding of the different types of waste and their proper disposal. Representatives from our waste management providers Veolia, SRCL and Thames Security Shredding were on hand to answer any detailed questions.

“We are also keen to encourage staff recycle their office waste where appropriate, as this prevents waste going to landfill and helps to save the Trust money.”

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