Fremantle Hospital going green

Two men wearing high visibility clothing lean against a large paper and cardboard recycling bin.
Fremantle Hospital cleaners Trevor Hay and Andrew Kirby
June 4, 2020

From syringe and IV fluid bag recycling to collecting food waste for a goat farm, there are a broad range of environmental initiatives in action across the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS).

Tomorrow is World Environment Day (5 June), and provides the opportunity to highlight the efforts of SMHS and our staff to help create a greener, healthier planet.

At Fremantle Hospital, Patient Support Services Manager Michele McNamara said staff were doing their part to protect the planet by establishing positive recycling patterns.

“More of these proactive environmental initiatives, like the various recycling processes, are becoming more widely used but it’s really heartening to see individual’s actions to make a difference,” Michele said.

“Among our widespread efforts is the removal of plastic bin liners office bins across the hospital, which is expected to save 84,000 plastic bags from going to landfill each year.”

Other green initiatives at Fremantle Hospital include the collecting of food scraps by staff from the Melville community mental health team to feed goats at a nearby farm.

The Safety, Quality and Risk team also collect plastic bottle lids and bread bag tags which are repurposed to make specific parts of a wheelchair and mobility aids, and prosthetic limbs.

Fremantle Hospital quick stats:

  • 30 per cent of hospital waste segregated for recycling/diverted from landfill
  • 1 tonne of batteries recycled in the past 12 months
  • 700 kilograms of PVC plastic diverted from landfill in the 12 months of 2019

SMHS is a member of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) Network and our environmental initiatives are underpinned by the SMHS Sustainability Framework (external link).

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