Plastics

Sustainability - Plastics

Plastics

NHS Supply Chain is supporting the call by NHS chief executive Simon Stevens to dramatically cut the amount of single-use plastics in hospitals, as part of a package of measures in the NHS Long Term Plan to lessen the environmental impact of the health service.

What is the Single-use plastics reduction pledge?

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a pledge which requires NHS trusts who sign up to commit to phase out avoidable single-use plastic items which are used in catering services and office spaces. This will happen in the following stages:

By April 2020

no longer purchase single-use plastic straws and stirrers in line with the government consultation

By April 2021

no longer purchase single-use plastic cutlery, plates or single-use cups made of expanded polystyrene or oxo-degradable plastics

After April 2021

go beyond these commitments in reducing single-use plastic food containers and other plastic cups for beverages – including covers and lids

How is NHS Supply Chain supporting the plastics pledge?

NHS Supply Chain are currently working hard to establish a catalogue of suitable alternative products to support the NHS pledge on reduction in the use of products made from single use plastics.

 

Throwing plastic bottle in recycle bin

We have alternative products available on our catalogue now to help NHS trusts sign up to the pledge to phase out avoidable single-use plastic items used in catering services and offices spaces. Trusts can purchase the following from us:

  • Straws made of paper
  • Stirrers and cutlery made of wood

In the coming weeks we will be issuing further information on alternatives available.

The following products have been identified and tested to ensure they meet the needs of NHS customers. All products listed below are available to order now through the NHS Supply Chain.

Plastic Stirrers

NPC Base description Secondary description Material UOI
UTZ129 Stirrer Wooden Coffee 5 inch Wood Case of 1000

Plastic Straws

NPC Base description Secondary description Material UOI
UTS019 Straw drinking paper White 20cm (6mm bore) solid colour Paper Case of 250
UTS031 Straw drinking paper Black 20cm (6mm bore) solid colour Paper Case of 250

Plastic Cutlery

NPC Base description Secondary description Material UOI
UJZ1190 Fork wooden 160mm Wood Case of 1000
UJZ1191 Dessert spoon wooden 160mm Wood Case of 1000
UJZ1192 Teaspoon wooden 110mm Wood Case of 1000
UTZ1189 Wooden knife 110mm Wood Case of 1000

Plastic Plates

NPC Base description Secondary description Material UOI
UTP5249 Plate paper Round 23cm Paper Case of 1000
UTP5250 Plate paper Round 17.5cm Paper Case of 1000
UTP5251 Plate paper Round 15cm Paper Case of 1000

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  • Single Use Plastics - Catering Alternatives Flyer