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Recycling as much waste as forty-four elephants

Monday 13 December 2010

Normanton business at forefront of sustainable operations

In a bid to create a greener workplace, staff at a Normanton distribution centre have improved their recycling and saved 189 tonnes of waste going to landfill – that’s equivalent to the weight of forty-four adult elephants!

NHS Supply Chain’s site based on Foxbridge Way in Normanton, supplies hospitals around Yorkshire 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.

Darren Pettener, general manager at the Normanton site says, “We have dramatically reduced the amount of waste that would have previously been sent to landfill. The entire team are passionate about the environment and wanted to set up a stricter policy around recycling.”

“The problem we found is that sometimes you are just too busy to walk down the office to put that scrap of paper in the allocated recycling bin. Instead, you end up dropping it into the general waste bin under your desk. We are all guilty of it, and convenience, more often than not, wins over conscience.”

“So to get over this we removed the individual bins and instead set up standalone recycling stations across the office for staff to dispose of rubbish.”

The scheme has been a roaring success and has seen the site recycle 189 tonnes of waste over a one year period.

Darren concludes, “We think that this is an idea that could save thousands of tonnes of waste from going to landfill if it was duplicated across other businesses.”


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Notes to editors

Average weight of African elephant (Loxodonta africana) – 4.309 metric tonnes - quoted from
National Geographic.

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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