Epworth Healthcare and Baxter Healthcare have joined forces to combat hospital waste by recycling aluminium bottle as part of a new sustainability programme.
Epworth Richmond is the first hospital in Australia to join Baxter Healthcare's (Baxter) aluminium recycling programme, where gas anaesthesia products will be recycled instead of adding to the 12 tonnes of hospital waste that ends up as landfill each year.
The new aluminium recycling is an extension of Baxter's Recycling in Hospitals programme that also includes PVC recycling, which the Epworth Richmond also participates in.
Epworth Richmond theatre nurse, Rebecca Pascoe heads the team driving the new initiative and works with Baxter to train staff on appropriate waste segregation.
“We use a lot of consumables in theatres and I see a lot of waste created which should be recycled. I have always been passionate about sustainability and conservation of the environment, so it seemed natural to step up and improve our performance.
“I could see there was a massive gap and huge potential for us to be recycling more at Epworth Richmond. We just needed the resources and staff education to get started. There is still a lot of work to be done and many more opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Ms Pascoe.
Epworth Richmond Executive Director, Nicole Waldron said everyone at Epworth is supportive of the theatre team’s work to reduce waste.
“Opportunities for further sustainability and environmentally friendly initiatives are integral to our on-going operational processes and ultimately, to our continued success,” Ms Waldron said.
Baxter General Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Steve Flynn said the PVC and aluminium recycling programmes were an end-to-end solution to help its customers reduce medical waste and advance their sustainability credentials.
“Hospitals across Australia and New Zealand are working to reduce their impact on the environment and the costs associated with managing non-hazardous medical waste.
“Baxter is proud to partner with Epworth Richmond to launch this new aluminium recycling programme and further our commitment to developing safe and sustainable healthcare solutions,” said Mr Flynn.
Correction: an earlier version of this story suggested Epworth Richmond was the first to recycle PVC pipes. In fact, this is the first hospital to undertake the Baxter Health Care aluminium recycling programme.