Health chiefs - role will pay for itself

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WRIGHTINGTON, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a waste minimisation officer, despite reducing the amount of rubbish over the last five years.

From 2006/07, the trust spent £391,370 on the disposal of all waste, but by 2010/11, the figure had dropped significantly to £314,262, in 2010/11,

The figure rose slightly from £312,152 in 2009/10, due to the increase in landfill tax and collection charges from the contractors.

Of that total, £253,770 was spent on 512.0000 tonnes of high temperature disposal waste.

While the amount of clinical high temperature disposal waste has risen over the last 12 months, being 493.0000 tonnes in 2009/10, the total landfill, which includes electronic waste, has reduced from 657.0000 tonnes to 626.0000.

In order to manage the waste stream and associated costs, the Trust has recruited a waste minimisation officer, who started on February 1.

The waste includes items disposed of by means of high temperature, electrical and electronic waste and landfill, plus all waste transfer and transport costs.

High temperature disposal waste goes for incineration at the Healthcare and Waste Services plant at Bolton Hospital.

Landfill waste is the domestic waste generated within the Trust where the content is neither hazardous nor offensive.

A spokesman from WWL NHS Foundation Trust said; “The business case for the appointment of this position was based on the premise that a recycling scheme be implemented across the Trust. The post has been created to maintain and improve our significant waste reduction.

“We want to gain as much revenue as possible from the sale of recyclable material. Based on research it is believed that these revenues are achievable and the post would more than pay for itself.

“The additional benefits of the role are to ensure compliance with hazardous waste regulations as previously mentioned.”

Meanwhile, the cost of disposing waste has dropped for Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust, from £35,916 in 2009/10 to £31,884 in 2010/11.

But the amount of landfill waste has risen from 36.8000 in 2009/10, to 48.8000 in 2010/11.