The new waste bins have a split design with a section for dry mixed recycling to one side, and general waste to the other. The waste items suitable for recycling are the same as the Isle of Wight Council scheme for domestic households, with which Island residents are already familiar. They include drink cans, bottles, cups, newspapers and magazines.
The scheme was made possible by a £2,625 donation from Friends of St Mary’s Hospital. Friends General Manager Vincent Thompson said:
“We are always supportive of thoughtful ways of protecting the environment, and the new eye-catching recycling bins support these objectives”.
This initiative supports the Trust’s vision of high quality healthcare services delivered in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Charles Joly, Environmental, Waste & Sustainability Manager for the Trust said:
“We are very excited to give the opportunity to recycle to our visitors, patients and staff. This is only the start of an ambitious scheme to introduce mixed recycling throughout the Trust, be it office or clinical areas.
“The Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group is already running a pathfinder scheme following their relocation to The Apex on St Cross Business Park. Recycling not only reduces our environmental impact and carbon footprint, it also saves costs which can be redirected to patients’ care.”
The Trust already recycles a range of materials, including cardboard, batteries, lamps, scrap metal, cartridges and toners, confidential waste paper, and garden waste. Earlier in 2013 those initiatives were recognised nationally with the Trust being awarded the NHS Sustainability Day Best Waste & Recycling initiative.
More details of the Trust work and initiatives on environmental and sustainability issues can be found on the Trust website www.iow.nhs.uk. More information on the Friends of St Mary’s can be found at www.fosmiow.co.uk