Barts Health Trust waste management team: Exemplar waste compliance and staff behavioural change project
The waste management team at Barts Health Trust – a partnership with Skanska’s waste contracted management service – has worked with staff to reduce both the cost and amount of clinical waste disposal, by ensuring waste is disposed of appropriately.
When the trust was formed, only two of its hospitals were sorting “offensive” waste which is significantly cheaper to dispose of than clinical waste.
By putting additional resources into waste behavioural change teams and carrying out audits, this has improved so that more than 70 per cent of clinical waste is now classified as offensive, representing a saving of £1.5m.
Since 2014, more than half a million bin audits have been carried out, with 32,200 waste audits being sent to departments.
Compliance around waste segregation has increased from 83.2 per cent to 92.2 per cent, and over 12,000 staff have had waste behavioural change training.
It was the first NHS trust to receive the Carbon Trust Standard for reducing waste in 2014.
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