The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust has launched a dedicated recycling centre to reduce its carbon footprint and improve sustainability. The new recycling centre is part of an initiative to make Royal Surrey a greener and more sustainable place for staff, patients and visitors.

The centre now means that it is easier for people to recycle at the Trust’s main hospital site, which will more than double the current recycling levels.

Catherine Cooper, Critical Care Outreach Sister and Sustainability Ambassador for the Trust said, “It is brilliant that we now have this new recycling centre, which means we will be able to increase the amount we recycle hospital wide.

“Although recycling is important, we need to change people’s attitudes and ways of working, questioning themselves and the choices they make. Not only will this save the Trust money but will help to save the environment.”

The recycling centre also contains a specific recycling bank from TerraCycle, a company who recycle ‘unrecyclable’ waste. The Trust will begin with crisp packets, but will have potential to increase this to many other items.

The proceeds from this will then be put back into the Trust’s official hospital charity.

As part of a wider initiative the Trust now has over 60 sustainability champions from all sectors of the workforce, all working together to highlight the sustainability message.

An official sustainability committee has been created that includes clinical staff, administrative staff and members of the Board where the larger NHS agenda for sustainability is discussed and implemented.