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Our National Health Service was established in 1948, some 70 years ago. To celebrate such a huge landmark, Bakers Waste have investigated the huge increase and improvement in the way the NHS manage their recycling.

The NHS are now recycling the equivalent to ‘forty four elephants’ per year. Normanton distribution centre have stated they want to ‘create a greener workplace’. Currently, 189 tonnes of waste is now recycled as appose to going to landfill. The Leeds specialist hospitals have said that “90% of their waste is transferred from landfill and is recycled or reused”.

In NHS hospitals there is something called a ReVend reverse vending machine, the aim of this is to earn money while reducing costs, with their new approach to recycling

The key benefits of this are:

  • The machine condenses plastic bottles and cans by up to 90% and up to 1,000 items can be held in the machine.
  • When it is full the machine sends out an email or a text message to the hospital facilities.
  • The materials that are sold to recyclers will help to generate extra revenue that is reinvested into the patients care.
  • The ReVend reverse vending machine uses technology to identify and sort recycled containers; this will immediately make them ready for recycling.

Everyone at Bakers Waste would like to congratulate all of the staff that work for the NHS on the amazing work they do every day!

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