The Estates and Facilities team at Yeovil Hospital has won a prestigious award for Healthcare Recycler of the Year at The National Recycling Awards 2016.

Yeovil Hospital partnered with SharpSmart who supply the hospitals sharps bins, the re-usable container system which won the department the award. As the bins are reusable they have saved the Trust having to incinerate ten tonnes of plastic per year. The sharps bins also have trays for loading the sharps which prevent them from being overfilled which avoids injuries for members of staff.

A team from Yeovil Hospital attended The National Recycling Awards 2016 run by Materials Recycling World in July 2016 at the London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane and won against three competitors in their category, which was judged by peers across the industry.

The award ceremony is the UK’s biggest celebration of recycling and waste management excellence which recognises and highlights the excellence and innovation present throughout the resource management sector.

Philip Watson, Facilities Manager said: “We are all extremely happy to be recognised along with our partners SharpSmart who make our waste reduction goals achievable. These sharps bins are of the highest quality, the plastic of the bin is made of the same material as crash helmets and cannot spill, making our road to a more environmentally friendly hospital all the more safer.

“This event is where key players in the industry come together for a night of recognition and celebration. These are the awards companies aspire to win within the sector because of the difference recycling and waste reduction can make to the environment.”

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