Savings

savings_plateThe Green Healthcare Programme has identified considerable potential resource efficiency savings in the Irish healthcare system.

In the participating facilities between €3.4 million – €4.9 million potential annual savings have been identified in the hospitals surveyed.

These include:

  • Food Waste¹: €2.8 million – €3.95 million
  • Healthcare Risk Waste²: €389,000 – €704,000
  • General Waste³: €187,600 – €228,000

This gives a national total of between €6.3 million – €9 million in potential annual savings identified.

These include:

  • Food Waste¹: €5.2 million – €7.3 million
  • Healthcare Risk Waste²: €730,000 – €1,225,000
  • General Waste³: €345,000 – €510,000

Obviously, waste cannot be completely avoided. However, major waste reductions can be achieved nationally, generating significant savings, if improved resource efficiency practices are put in place – such as those developed and recommended by the Green Healthcare Programme.

¹ Food prepared but not consumed – this can be reduced.

² Non-risk items in healthcare risk waste – these can be diverted.

³ Recyclables in general landfill waste – these can be diverted.

Best Practice
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