COMMERCIAL: The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has more than doubled the amount of waste it recycles in less than a year following a new waste deal.

The FT saw its year-on-year recycling totals increase from 326 tonnes in 2010-11 to 710 tonnes in 2011-12 following a new partnership with recycling and resource management company Sita UK.

The greatest increase was at its Royal Victoria Infirmary site, where the rate of recycling increased from nine per cent to 35 per cent. This was predominantly due to the trial introduction of green bins for mixed recyclable waste (paper, plastic and metals).

SITA UK were awarded the contract to manage the Trust’s waste in January 2011 and deliver a number of services, including the collection and recycling of cardboard bales, mixed recyclables, confidential paper, batteries, electronics as well as scrap metal and glass.