Aintree University Hospital hails success of waste management programme

Partnership with B&M Waste Services significantly reduces waste sent to landfill

One of the North West’s busiest hospitals is celebrating the success of a major waste management programme.

Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool has worked in partnership with B&M Waste Services to dramatically reduce environmental impact and improve efficiency.

B&M was initially brought in by the hospital to manage its general waste, but the company’s remit was soon extended to cover clinical and offensive waste segregation and disposal.

Aintree has been 100% committed to the waste management programme from the very beginning and a number of the initiatives we have undertaken in partnership with the hospital have been industry leading in the healthcare sector

Working closely with hospital management, B&M designed a bespoke waste compound and deployed the latest compactor technology. B&M also installed 450 bins at Aintree, introduced a confidential document shredding service, and a dedicated battery collection and recycling service. It also provided more than 500 of the hospital’s domestic and clinical staff with comprehensive training in the waste segregation system.

As a result of the partnership with B&M, Aintree University Hospital has reduced clinical waste output by more than 28 tonnes a month, while around 300 tonnes of offensive waste – otherwise known as Tiger Bag waste – is collected annually and sent to landfill sites, where the methane produced is captured and re-used to generate electricity.

The introduction of the offensive waste stream has not only had the effect of reducing clinical waste output by nearly two thirds, but also, due to the success of the staff training, general waste has increased with over 80% being recycled in 2013. Before the partnership with B&M, all of this waste was being sent direct to landfill.

Due to segregation and the use of an on-site baler – one of only a handful of NHS trusts in the UK to operate such a system – 165 tonnes of cardboard was recycled last year, compared to none before 2011. A further 55 tonnes of mixed metals, paper and plastic – stored in a dedicated 35-yard Ro-Ro in the waste compound – have been collected in the past year, achieving a 100% diversion from landfill.

Michael Morgan, facilities manager at Aintree University Hospital, said: “The partnership with B&M has helped reduce our impact on the environment and improve efficiency. The bespoke waste compound is fantastic and an example to other NHS trusts.

The partnership with B&M has helped reduce our impact on the environment and improve efficiency

“The key to the success of our offensive waste and recycling programme has been the close working relationship with B&M. The response from our staff has been fantastic and this is in no small way down to the hard work B&M put in from implementation and training to collection and disposal.

“By working with B&M we know that we are taking advantage of the latest waste innovations and we are committed to further improving our waste management performance.”

A report in 2011 by the Royal College of Nursing highlighted how the NHS could save £5.5m annually if hospital waste was correctly classified and segregated. This has been reinforced by the HT07 Guidance Document that hospitals must consult in relation to their waste management.

Rose Warnock, of B&M Waste Services, added: “Aintree has been 100% committed to the waste management programme from the very beginning and a number of the initiatives we have undertaken in partnership with the hospital have been industry leading in the healthcare sector.

“The hospital has come a long way in a relatively short space of time and its approach is rightly seen as an example of best practice in the NHS.”