One of the North West’s busiest hospitals has been recognised in a prestigious business environment awards.
NHS waste management specialist, B&M Waste Services, has been named Environmental Business of the Year at the annual Liverpool Echo Environment Awards for its work at Aintree University Hospital.
B&M, which has sites in Wirral, Manchester and Norwich, provides businesses and organisations with carbon-neutral total waste management solutions including trade waste, hazardous waste, secure shredding, drainage and recycling.
Several of the initiatives we have undertaken in partnership with Aintree University Hospital have been industry leading in the healthcare sector
The awards recognise businesses, community groups, individuals and organisations which make a positive impact on the environment. B&M Waste Services received the award for helping Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool to dramatically reduce its clinical waste output by over 23 tonnes a month.
Merseyside-headquartered B&M was initially brought in by the hospital to manage its general waste, but the company’s remit was soon extended to cover offensive waste segregation and disposal as well as introducing a recycling programme for cardboard, plastic and metal.
Working closely with hospital management, B&M assisted with the design of the waste compound and also designed a bespoke waste compactor. B&M also installed 450 bins at Aintree, introduced a confidential document shredding service and a dedicated battery collection and recycling service.
In addition, B&M provided more than 500 of the hospital’s domestic and clinical staff with comprehensive training in the waste segregation system. As a result of the new segregation system, the hospital recycled more than 900 tonnes of waste in 2013-14, compared to approximately 50 tonnes in 2010.
Rose Warnock, B&M corporate contracts manager, said that Aintree was a first-class example of the benefits a comprehensive waste management solution can deliver to organisations across the UK.
She added: “Several of the initiatives we have undertaken in partnership with Aintree University Hospital have been industry leading in the healthcare sector. We are delighted that the Echo Environment Awards recognised our approach with Aintree University Hospital as an example of best practice in the NHS.”
The partnership with B&M has helped reduce our impact on the environment and improve efficiency and has been responsible for the success of our offensive waste and recycling programme
Michael Morgan, facilities manager at Aintree University Hospital, added: “We are delighted that the work the hospital has done in partnership with B&M has been recognised in these important awards.
“The partnership with B&M has helped reduce our impact on the environment and improve efficiency and has been responsible for the success of our offensive waste and recycling programme.
“The response from our staff has been fantastic and this is in no small way down to the hard work B&M put in from implementation and training to collection and disposal.”