The Rotherham NHS Foundation trust has been shortlisted for a National Recycling Award
The National Recycling Awards 2015 recognise and highlight the excellence and innovation in the recycling and resource management sector.
The Trust is one of eight organisations from around the UK to make the final stage of the ‘Healthcare Recycler of the Year’ category of the awards and now has to present its approach to recycling to a board of industry expert judges who will decide the winners. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in July.
To make the shortlist, the Trust’s waste management team has had to demonstrate how they have improved recycling rates and segregation of waste through the implementation of recycling initiatives.
June Cadman, Waste Management & Environmental Services Officer, has been instrumental in delivering the Trust’s waste management agenda and in entering the awards, she said: “It’s a great honour to be shortlisted for these awards.
“We’re very proud of the work we do to look after our environment and economy by managing our waste responsibly and by making sure we recycle wherever possible. Our approach is very much a joint effort and we’d like to thank all of the patients, staff and visitors who support us.”
The Trust promotes its recycling and waste management schemes through a number of innovative initiatives such as the BART (Be A Recycler Today) scheme, through which the image of a life-like, comical character, BART, is shown on recycling bins to remind hospital patients, staff and visitors to dispose of their cans and bottles responsibly.
As a direct result of the introduction of BART bins, plastic recycling rates increased from May 2013 to March 2014 by 117.65%, equating to 7.88 tons. A non-confidential paper recycling initiative has resulted in cardboard recycling increasing by 66% since last year.
The Trust is joined on the awards shortlists by other influential organisations such as Waitrose, Amey, local authorities and other NHS Trusts.
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