GREEN HEALTHCARE

A programme that worked with Irish hospitals to Conserve Water, Reduce Healthcare
Risk Waste, Reduce Food Waste, and Increase Recycling

Irish hospitals spend almost €10 million on water each year

Clean water is an important resource for hospitals, and, until there is a problem, most people don’t think about it too much. However, every litre of water that is paid for may not reach its intended tap, toilet or shower. As water is a costly resource, ensuring that it is carefully monitored and tracked is an important job for every hospital.

START A WATER EFFICIENCY PROGRAMME

50% of food prepared is thrown away!

Food waste can be a significant issue in hospitals and is often difficult to address. Green Healthcare food waste surveys have shown that up to half of all food prepared in Irish hospitals ends up being thrown out. Here we provide guidance on how to learn more about your food waste and what you can do to reduce it.

START REDUCING YOUR FOOD WASTE

At least 1/3 of risk waste is non-contaminated clean material

Dealing with healthcare risk waste correctly is an important task for every hospital. However, healthcare risk waste is the most expensive waste to dispose of so ensuring that only risk waste ends up in these bins is an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed.

START REDUCING YOUR RISK WASTE COSTS

1/3 of all landfilled waste could be recycled.

General waste accounts for almost 60% of all waste generated in Irish hospitals. Through surveys carried out by Green Healthcare it has been established that one third of this waste could be recycled. It is therefore an important area to consider when trying to reduce waste volumes and waste management costs.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WASTE & RECYCLING

Green Healthcare Resources

Green Healthcare has developed a suite of resources for the Irish healthcare sector in relation to resource efficiency and cost savings. These resources include:

Resources

Food Waste Calculator

Sector: Food
Format: Guide

2018

Food Waste Calculator

How-To Undertake a Detailed Food Waste Survey – food waste calculator

Waste Prevention & Improvement Programme (PCCC Facility)

Sector: Risk Waste
Format: Guide

2018

Waste Prevention & Improvement Programme (PCCC Facility)

How-To Set Up a Waste Prevention and Improvement Programme – Benchmarks & Savings Worksheet (PCCC facility)

Waste Prevention & Improvement Programme - Acute Hospital

Sector: Risk Waste
Format: Guide

2018

Waste Prevention & Improvement Programme - Acute Hospital

How-To Set Up a Waste Prevention and Improvement Programme – Benchmarks & Savings Worksheet (Acute hospital)

Benchmarks for hospitals to rate themselves with regard to waste

Sector: Risk Waste
Format: Graphics

2018

Benchmarks for hospitals to rate themselves with regard to waste

Benchmarks for hospitals to rate themselves with regard to waste

Harvesting of RO unused water

Sector: Water
Format: Case Studies

2018

Harvesting of RO unused water

An RO unit forces incoming water through a membrane to produce ultra pure water. Much of the water does not go through the membrane and, along with salts, etc., is wasted to drain.

Harvesting unused RO water

Sector: Water
Format: Guide

2018

Harvesting unused RO water

Reverse Osmosis (RO) is used in many Irish hospitals to produce ultra-pure water for a number of different functions including sterilisers for endoscopes and theatre instruments as well as for dialysis.

Set up a Waste Prevention and Improvement Programme

Sector: Recycling
Format: Guide

2018

Set up a Waste Prevention and Improvement Programme

This How-To Guide provides guidance on the steps to set up a waste prevention and segregation improvement programme in your healthcare facility.

Waste Bin Sign - Landfill

Sector: Recycling
Format: Guide

2018

Waste Bin Sign - Landfill

Waste Bin Sign - Landfill