WIGAN hospital chiefs say they are working hard to drive down waste costs and improve its recycling rate.
Information released through Health and Social Care Information Centre shows that overall, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust spent less on removing waste and reduced its landfill rubbish in 2012/13, compared with 2010/11.
New facilities such as the Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre which reopened and more services relocating to the Thomas Linacre Centre meant that the trust was able to reduce the amount of refuse it sent to landfill had reduced.
The Trust’s landfill disposal in 2010/11 was 626 tonnes, but by 2012/13, the landfill disposal total had fallen to 616 tonnes, a reduction of 10 tonnes.
The latest statistics show that the total outlay on waste was £268,948 in 2012/13, which is £45,314 – 14 per cent less – than the 2010/11 figure of £314,262.
However, the amount spent on waste recycling recovery and preparing for re-use had risen since 2011/12 from £18,034 to £20,083, an extra cost of slightly over £2,000 which is to be expected given that WWL continues to increase the amount of recovery and recycling we undertake.
WWL associate director of estate and facilities, David Evans, said: “Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust continues to work hard to reduce the amount and cost of waste disposal at all our sites, while at the same time increasing the level of recycling.
“It is encouraging that progress has been made in managing waste at our hospital and community sites. However there is still much more we plan to do, and we recognise the need to continue making improvements to safeguard both the environment and the safety of staff and patients.”
NHS chiefs are under pressure to cut waste because of budget cuts.