NHS Tayside goes greener

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TO COINCIDE with national Climate Week, NHS Tayside launched a new recycling drive on Monday at Ninewells Hospital.

NHS Tayside has taken delivery of 180 recycling bins after receiving a grant of £25,000 from Zero Waste Scotland for members of the public to use when visiting hospitals and health centres across Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Angus.

Sandy Watson, NHS Tayside chairman and sustainability champion, and Ernie Patullo, head of environmental management were at the Ninewells concourse to launch the new recycling drive and deliver the message, “Recycling – let’s get it sorted!”

The new recycling bins will be appearing in public areas across NHS Tayside such as main entrances, waiting and dining areas, as part of NHS Tayside’s ‘Care to Save’ sustainability campaign. They will allow members of the public the opportunity to dispose of waste into segregated waste streams, with cans, paper and plastics going for recycling.

Mr Sandy Watson said: “NHS Tayside is working towards meeting the challenging Scottish Government targets set for the disposal of waste.

“By 2025, 70 per cent of each health board’s waste must be recycled or composted with only 5 per cent going to landfill.

“Therefore, we are launching this initiative today, as part of a wider campaign by NHS Tayside to ensure we are being an environmentally and socially responsible organisation. We are encouraging people to be as green as possible and are promoting a culture of good habits when it comes to recycling.

“It also means that the money saved by recycling waste instead of sending it to landfill will be directly reinvested in providing frontline patient care, ensuring patients across Tayside continue to receive the best possible care and treatment.”

Ernie Patullo added: “We are making it easier for people to recycle when they are out and about and this will play a key role in reducing NHS Tayside’s carbon footprint.”

NHS Tayside will also be supporting ‘Earth Hour’ which takes place on Saturday, March 23 at 8.30 p.m. This is a worldwide campaign where lights are switched off across the globe to signify the commitment of businesses and individuals to a greener planet.

For more info go to www.earthhour.org