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Bury business shows that it is 'easy being green'.

Monday 13 December 2010

NHS Supply Chain recycles more than 80% of its waste and drastically reduces carbon footprint

In a bid to create a greener workplace, staff at a Bury St Edmunds distribution centre have improved their recycling and saved more than 238 tonnes of carbon by reducing energy used and improving its recycling efforts.

NHS Supply Chain based on Olding Road in Bury St Edmunds, supplies hospitals around Suffolk with vital equipment. The organisation has endeavoured to reduce its impact on the environment over the past few years and is helping NHS trusts in the area reduce their carbon emissions.

Joe Maslanka, general manager at the Bury St Edmunds site says, “We have dramatically reduced the amount of waste that would have previously been sent to landfill – and we now recycle 82 per cent of all rubbish produced.”

“We are embarking on a major project to install a new lighting system within the depot and offices to further reduce the amount of electricity used,” explains Joe. “Working towards being green is a mind set that the team at Bury have adopted and we will continue to work hard to improve our green credentials.”

Joe concludes, “We believe that small changes can make a big difference – thousands of tonnes of waste could avoid being sent to landfill and a substantial amount of carbon emissions could be cut if it was duplicated across other businesses.”


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Notes to editors
A copy of NHS Supply Chain’s second annual sustainability report can be downloaded here,

About NHS Supply Chain
NHS Supply Chain is a government contract operated by DHL since 2006. It supports the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare organisations in England and Wales by providing end to end supply chain solutions.

The organisation was formed from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA). It is operated on behalf of the NHS Business Services Authority and aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.

The NHS Supply Chain contract manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for over 1,000 NHS trusts and healthcare organisations. It provides a single point of access to over 620,000 products ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and even diagnostic equipment such as MRI scanners.

Its management of the procurement process negates an NHS organisation’s need to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Costs can also be reduced through its one-route solution that consolidates all products onto one invoice and delivery – this saves up to £1 per product in back office administration costs and removes up to 40 deliveries going into a trust compared with ordering goods separately.

To ensure that its products are fit for today’s healthcare market, NHS Supply Chain works with suppliers of all sizes to ensure its range embraces high quality and innovative products; and engages with clinicians, the Department of Health and academic institutions to make sure that it is aware of the current requirements and latest developments in clinical practice.

NHS Supply Chain’s product areas include:

  • theatres
  • dental
  • audiology
  • catering, including food
  • infection control
  • orthopedics
  • rehabilitation
  • capital equipment, including finance and maintenance

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 2,400 staff in eight locations.

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