July 16 2019
Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre is expanding its green credentials still further by joining Plymouth’s Plan for Plastics.
The Plan for Plastics is a city-wide initiative designed to tackle the issues of single-use plastics and plastic pollution. The initiative has already resulted in Plymouth being awarded Plastic Free Community status by Surfers Against Sewage.
In April Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre created its own Green Team in anticipation of joining Plymouth’s Plan for Plastics. The team has already replaced plastic drinking cups with recyclable paper ones, and very department has its own recycling bin to encourage hospital-wide recycling. The hospital uses a range of battery-operated equipment, and all batteries can now be recycled. The plastic used in the operating theatres is recycled where at all possible, and the hospital’s waste is sorted on site so that everything which can be recycled is recycled.
As well as concentrating on recycling and reuse, the Peninsula Green Team have added planted areas to the hospital grounds. The Green Team has also introduced a number of initiatives to encourage wildlife, including bird feeders one of which has been made by the father of the hospital’s Ward Manager. The team takes on maintenance activities, such as picking up litter from around the site, and will encourage other members of staff to take part.
Most lights in the hospital are set to only switch on when someone enters a room. All staff are encouraged to share transport to work and the hospital offers a scheme to help members of staff buy bicycles to use on their commute into work.
The hospital’s cleaners used environmentally-friendly cleaning products which come in concentrated form which means less is used, a reduction in waste packaging and fewer deliveries – all contributing to a better carbon footprint.
Everything the hospital does to reduce its use of plastics is fed back into Plymouth City Council, which runs Plymouth’s Plan for Plastics, so that the hospital’s support can be tracked.
Mark White, Hospital Director at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, commented: “As a team we are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint, lowering our use of plastic and working to be environmentally-sound and sustainable. We are delighted to join Plymouth’s Plan for Plastics, and we are proud to be part of a city which is taking this issue so seriously.”