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Princess Alexandra Hospital has been waging its own war on waste by introducing waste reduction and recycling initiatives throughout the hospital with a 600,000kg reduction in waste in 2018.
Championed throughout the hospital by passionate staff, the recycling increase, alternative options and sustainability initiatives have contributed to a significant reduction in our carbon footprint.
As highlighted on ABC’s War on Waste, PAH is leading the charge when it comes to abolishing single use plastics in hospitals and recycling equipment.
Recycling Consultant and Community Garden Coordinator, Renae McBrien, said the multiple initiatives introduced at PAH are strongly backed by staff.
“Without staff engagement, it would be impossible for these initiatives to become successful.
“A great example is the introduction of sugar cane derived biodegradable kidney dishes that, during the trial period, were 100% endorsed by staff and now replace over 680,000 single use plastic dishes each year at PAH,” she said.
Some of the other environmentally friendly initiatives include:
Through such initiatives, the hospital has been able to divert a total of 2,706,620kg of waste from landfill from 2015.
Further programs are currently being investigated to continue the fight in the war on waste.