RECYCLE ZONES BOLTSER ASHFORD & ST. PETER’S WASTE INITIATIVE
CCE supports Surrey Hospital to save valuable pounds
Surrey, March 13th 2009: Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust today announced the launch
of over 100 Recycle Zone bins within their hospitals as part of a larger waste initiative. The scheme is intended to assist the hospital trust retain more funds to distribute on valuable services for the
The ‘Recycle Zones’, which are part of a collaboration between the trust, Coca-Cola Enterprises
Ltd., WRAP, and Surrey County Council will give staff, visitors and patients the opportunity to
recycle their plastic bottles, cans and paper whilst on the move.
The hospital trust has adopted the innovative scheme driven by Coca-Cola Enterprises and WRAP
(Waste & Resources Action Programme) to help reduce cost and ensure waste is diverted from
landfill. The eco-programme has been welcomed by the hospitals’ 3000 employees, who view the
scheme as not only a cost-saving, but also as a way for the departments to increase their overall
The launch marks an important step in a three year vision to create several high profile, high footfall
Recycle Zones by 2011. Other locations will include theme parks, shopping centres, and major
international travel hubs such as Manchester and Edinburgh Airports which will launch in the coming months. The new scheme builds on consumer interest in recycling at home and on the move.
William Britton, Hotel Services Manager at Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, says: “We’re
extremely excited to launch Recycle Zones within Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals. As part of a larger
waste management initiative the zones will help us reduce the amount of money spent on recyclable material that is misplaced as household and Clinical Waste by 40% within the first year. This means approximately £5000 per month can be injected back into the hospital. The Recycle Zones will help us to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, and we’re confident our visitors and staff will be making full use of these facilities.”
The 100 bins that make up the Recycle Zones at Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust will be
located throughout both hospitals, from the wards and restaurants to the foyers and offices. Staff,
patients and visitors will be able to recycle cans, plastic bottles, newspapers and magazines at the
point of consumption. Furthermore, the hospitals will be reducing the number of office bins around
the workplace, to encourage people to recycle their empties there and then as the scheme is also
intended to remind people to think about recycling as part of their everyday life.
Erika Coghlan, VP, Coca-Cola Enterprises, said: “We are delighted that the Recycle Zones have been able to facilitate the Waste Management Initiative being undertaken by Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospital NHS Trust. Not only will this help save the environment, but the innovative way in which the hospital trust has chosen to adopt the scheme will also help save valuable funding. People have increased their recycling at home and at work, but it’s less convenient to recycle when you’re ‘on the go’.
Recycle Zones make it easy for people to choose to recycle precisely when they need to - just when
they’ve finished their drink.”
David Harmer, Surrey County Council's Executive Member for the Environment says: “Reducing the
amount of material sent to landfill is a challenge that needs to be met by Surrey residents, businesses and the public sector alike. Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has taken up this challenge, and Surrey County Council is proud to have played a part in establishing them as an on-the-go Recycle Zone.”
Marcus Gover, Director of Market Development at WRAP, said: “WRAP's Recycle Now campaign has
helped to make recycling an important part of our daily lives. Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals have
a large workforce, a high number of visitors and many drinks outlets on both sites making them ideal places to locate Recycle Zones. We hope to divert a high proportion of waste from landfill with this scheme.”
In partnership with recycling charity, Recoup, Recycle Zone offers up to 10 days technical consultancy to each participating location to enable them to adopt best practice for collection and recycling for drinks cans and bottles.
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Notes to Editors
About Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust
Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust is a medium sized district general hospital service operating from two sites - Ashford near Staines and St. Peter’s near Chertsey. The Trust employs just over 3,000 staff (excluding contractors such as catering) making it one of the largest employers in thelocal area after Heathrow Airport. Ashford & St. Peter’s is at Level 2 on the Clinical Negligence
Scheme for Trusts (a risk management scheme for insurance) and is a ‘two ticks’ employer with
‘Practice Plus’ status under the Department of Health’s Improving Working Lives
(www.doh.gov.uk/iwl) initiative. Further information about the Trust can be found at
About Coca-Cola Enterprises
Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd is a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc, the world’s largest marketer, producer and distributor of the products of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC). Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd manufactures and distributes TCCC products, as well as products for other brand-owners, throughout England, Scotland and Wales, and employs around 4,600 people.
Coca-Cola Enterprises is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its products and
operations. It is particularly focused on sustainable packaging, water stewardship, and energy and
climate protection, and has made good progress in these areas, although there is still more to be
done. For example in Great Britain, energy use across manufacturing operations has been reduced by 16% since 2001; packaging has also been reduced – the iconic glass Coke bottle is now 20% lighter; the amount of water used per litre of product has been cut by 21% since 2001; and 90% of waste at sites is now recovered or recycled.
For more information about Coca-Cola Enterprises, please visit www.cokecce.co.uk
Recycle Now is the national recycling campaign for England, aimed at encouraging more of us to
recycle more things, more often and to understand the positive benefits of our actions.
Created and delivered by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) on behalf of the
Government, Recycle Now was launched in 2004 and supports the achievement of recycling targets –
most notably to help increase the national recycling rate to 40% by 2010 (currently at 33%)
Recycle Now encompasses an integrated mix of advertising, website support (www.recyclenow.com),
schools activities and an integrated, broad-based PR campaign.
In addition, Recycle Now also works closely with key third parties including local authorities and
retailers to deliver positive, consistent messages to the public at national and regional level to
encourage increased recycling.
More information about WRAP's work with local authorities and retailers can be found at:
Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from
England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
WRAP works in partnership to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment.
Working in seven key areas (Construction, Retail, Manufacturing, Organics, Business Growth,
Behavioural Change, and Local Authority Support), WRAP’s work focuses on market development and support to drive forward recycling and materials resource efficiency within these sectors, as well as wider communications and awareness activities including the multi-media national Recycle Now
campaign for England. www.wrap.org.uk
About Surrey County Council
As the Waste Disposal Authority, Surrey County Council is responsible for disposing of around 620,000 tonnes of municipal waste per year, which is either collected by Surrey's district and borough councils or taken to one of 15 community recycling centres across the county. In terms of commercial waste, the
County Council is committed to supporting businesses to reduce their waste and increase their recycling rates. This is focused on ensuring that businesses are aware of their waste management responsibilities, creating best practice case studies that can inspire wider behaviour change and facilitating this change by improving recycling service provision.
About Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospital
St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey is situated in greenbelt parkland between Woking and Chertsey near junction 11 of the M25. It is 30 miles south west of central London and 10 miles from Heathrow Airport.
The main centres of population served by the hospital are Woking, Weybridge, Chertsey, Staines and Walton on Thames. Originally St. Peter’s Hospital was built to serve casualties of the Second World War. Over the years, the Hospital has been rebuilt, developed and extended to include maternity services, a department/clinic area and a new theatre complex.
In the early 1990s, the Duchess of Kent Wing which includes the Post Graduate Education Centre and modern well-equipped wards was opened. A new A&E, ITU and Orthopaedic Unit opened in the Summer of 1998 and a £1.5m upgrading of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was opened in 2005. In 2006 two new wards were built onto the Duchess of Kent Wing.
Recoup is the UK's leading authority on plastics waste management, providing specialist
plastics recycling consultancy and project support to our members and a wide range of
clients across the plastics supply, use and recycling chain. Founded in 1990, Recoup has
invested continuously in research, development and equipment to support UK plastics
Plastics recycling can form an important part of a sustainable waste management programme.
Recoup helps organisations to maximise their plastics recycling opportunities and shape socially
responsible plastics packaging recycling programmes. Through Recoup Services Ltd we can help to maximise the value of your collected plastics packaging, and we buy and sell a range of baled plastic materials. To find out more about Recoup, see www.recoup.org