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Sustainability remains at the forefront of PA Hospital

22 April 2021

Princess Alexandra Hospital has been waging its own war on waste by introducing waste reduction and recycling initiatives throughout the hospital with diverting over two million kilograms of waste from landfill since 2017.

The sustainability initiatives include:

  • Recycling of the 17,500m2 of aluminium cladding product removed from the exterior of the hospital
  • Introduction of sugar-cane kidney dishes replacing over 680,000 single use plastic consumables each year
  • Combined Recycling – 637,481kg in 2018/19, 524,995kg in 2019/2020 (2,281,926kg recycled since 2017)
  • Education programs.

Biowaste recycling

PA Hospital has introduced several initiatives throughout the campus to save biowaste from landfill. This includes composting of flowers from the wards and coffee grinds from campus cafes, the introduction of a new food waste dehydrator in 2020 converting thousands of kilograms of food waste into soil and saving the hospital about $50,000 a year.

Mix recycling

Since 2017, PA Hospital has diverted 2,281,926kg of waste from landfill through combined recycling initiatives. This includes paper, cardboard, hard and soft plastics, kimguard, PVC and other single use medical equipment. 

  • Combined Recycling – 637,481kg in 2018/19, 524,995kg in 2019/2020
  • Metal Recycling – 19,910kg recycled since 2018
  • PVC recycling – 19,739kg recycled since 2017 and going up each year
  • Single Use Stainless Steel recycling – over 3,000kg recycled since 2018
  • Copper and Insulated Copper recycling – 3,316kg recycled since 2018
  • E-Waste and battery recycling – 3,716kg recycled since 2016
  • Wax recycling and the repurposing of wax models from radiation oncology into wax food wrap
  • Composting of flowers from the wards and coffee grinds from campus cafes.

Electricity: Will you take the pledge?

Across the PA Hospital campus, we spend tens of thousands of dollars every month keeping the hospital running. We pledge to turn unnecessary lights off when possible to do our bit for the environment given our large footprint.

Make your pledge. Print out a light switch reminder (PDF, 454.16 KB) here.

Last updated 22 April 2021
Last reviewed 22 April 2021

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