At an awards celebration in May in London the results of the NHS Sustainability Award awards were announced. Bywaters, London’s largest NHS healthcare provider, is delighted to say that it received a highly commended citation for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for significant savings through recycling and sustainability initiatives in the finance category. Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, another Bywaters’ customer, was shortlisted as a finalist in the reuse category.

The awards are a welcome acknowledgement of Bywaters’ contributions in supporting two of its customers, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH) and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, both of which were finalists in the prestigious NHS Sustainability Awards.

GOSH used to dispose of over five tonnes of bulk waste and WEEE materials every month, mostly to landfill. Now, working with Bywaters’ account and sustainability managers, a significant number of good quality, unwanted items are being recycled to a network of charities through an innovative recycling mobile app. It is envisaged that GOSH will save up to £20,000 a year on disposal costs while helping charities such as The Salvation Army, EMMAUS, The Foodchain, CTR Europe and Groundwork, among 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 a year 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. Today the trust’s 15,000+ staff receive ongoing training in responsible waste management and are aware of their personal impact on the environment. News updates, reward programmes and signage reinforce these messages.

Real-time auditing tool from Bywaters

Bywaters has also introduced 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.

Because of these, and other initiatives, the trust received a 91 per cent score on the Carbon Trust Waste Standard—the highest score ever achieved in both the private and public sectors. Reducing waste and increasing cost savings is high on the trust’s agenda with the 14 different directorates each being targeted with £10,000 of savings.

Bywaters Head of Health & Sustainability, Ed van Reenen, presented the award in the waste category for which the business is the official awards partner, and reflected on the inspirational and tangible sustainability projects all in the room were delivering. He congratulated Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which won the award in this sponsored category.

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