Why waste matters to us…
This Recycle Week we talked to Mark, our Housekeeping Manager, about our wastage at St Wilfrid’s Hospice and how we have made changes to help protect our environment.
“At St Wilfrid’s Hospice, being environmentally friendly and protecting our local community is incredibly important to us. As part of Housekeeping we look after making sure that we use the most sustainable items and correctly dispose of all our waste to keep our local area clean.
At the Hospice, we generate approximately 1000kg of general waste per week, across all of our sites which is collected, disposed of and used to generate electricity and heat. Owing to the technologies at our partnered disposal waste plant we are able to achieve 100% diversion from landfill.
Regarding our mixed recycling, it is transferred to a Materials Recycling Facility, which uses advanced mechanical sorting and manual handling controls to separate materials into individual material types. Once separated, the materials are baled up and transported to re-processors for manufacturing into new goods and products.
Our card and paper are shredded and mixed with water and chemicals to break down the paper fibres so it can be re-used to create paper sheets or cardboard rolls which are then created and sent to businesses.
All our food waste is processed to make sure that 100% is recycled, all our clinical waste is incinerated for renewable energy, and any of our textiles are sent for recycling or sale via retail.
All of our compost is taken to The Woodhorn Group’s waste recycling site in Tangmere, where it is composted through a process known as open windrow composting. The finished compost is then blended to create the “Earth Cycle” range which has been certified by the Composting Certification Scheme run by REAL and approved by Organic Farmers and Growers.
The Hospice is also currently talking with energy suppliers, looking at the possibility of installing solar panels to help us use more renewable energy.