Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (LPFT) provides care and treatment for mental health and substance misuse as well as support for people with learning disabilities. Its services cover a population of about 719,000 people across Lincolnshire, as well as specialist services in the East Midlands.
Although 22 of its 26 units already recycled cardboard and paper, LPFT was keen for 100% of the units to recycle.
The key goals were to:
- Recycle more materials
- Reduce costs and avoid Landfill Tax Increases
- Increase awareness of reuse and recycling issues
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Following a detailed waste audit, Veolia introduced mixed recycling and general waste collections across all 26 units. Plastic and metal were added to the materials that could be recycled.
To ensure the new services were a success, LPFT’s management team were invited to visit a Veolia Materials Recovery Facility to see for themselves what happens to their waste.
Posters and clearly-labelled recycling containers helped to raise awareness, along with a series of waste training programmes.
Two patient units were also set a ‘Re-use Challenge’ to make something attractive or useful from recycled materials. One innovative idea was a greenhouse made from 1,035 of the units’ plastic milk bottles. The opaque bottles also act as double glazing during the winter months. There are now plans to roll the Re-use Challenge out to all 26 units.
Veolia helped LPFT to recycle more, saving the equivalent of 19.5% on their waste disposal costs and freeing up funds for patient care.