Waste Prevention Partnership Shortlisted for CIWM Awards

19 October 2017

Barts Health NHS Trust’, their partners Skanska, Globechain and Premier Sustain have had their waste prevention achievements recognised with a short-listing in the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management annual awards in the category “Best Reuse of Waste Prevention Project Award”.

These long-standing and well-respected awards are given for outstanding achievement in the sustainability, resource and waste industry. Judged by the most respected experts in the sector, the CIWM awards represent the highest level of achievement and are entered and sponsored by organisations from all over the UK who are passionate about excellence and thought leadership.

The award entry centres on the proactivity of the Barts Health NHS Trust and Skanska waste team on focusing on reuse to ensure as much waste is prevented as possible. The waste management team recognised that many unwanted items were ending up in bulk waste containers yet they were perfectly reusable, but perhaps not readily by the Trust. For this reason, they initially engaged Globechain, an online reuse platform to divert items such as wheelchairs, beds and walking frames back into reuse.

Building on the success of this partnership the Trust contracted Premier Sustain to refurbish, repair and remanufacture redundant hospital and office furniture items back into reuse. After carrying out several trials the Premier team helped the Trust to identify items of furniture from across the hospital estate that – at less than half the cost of new – could be returned back into use.  At the time of the award entry the team had salvaged over 500 office swivel chairs, 70 high backed patient chairs, 10 sofa seating arrangements, 15 desks, 30 internal public bench seating arrangements, 300 patient waiting room chairs and 10 coffee tables. These items now repaired, recovered or reformed are placed back into use/stored for the Trust, giving them all a new extended life.

Premier has continued to audit and remanufacture the Trust’s redundant stock and the latest case study shows that with nearly 1000 items refurbished for the Trust, over £197k in purchase costs have been avoided in addition to savings of600 tonnes of CO2 (e).  You can read full details here.

The Award winners will be announced at a celebratory luncheon on on the 2nd November 2017, at the Grosvenor Square Marriott in London.