The NHS has launched a programme called ‘For a greener NHS’ which proposes working with NHS staff, hospitals and partners in order to further the work that is already being done to reduce the NHS’s impact on public health and the environment, to save money and eventually get to net carbon zero.

‘For a greener NHS’ is highlighting a series of ‘no regret’ actions NHS staff can take that will make a genuine difference. One of these is ‘Recycle and sort your waste’. This states:

  • Whether clinical waste, paper or food waste, ensure you’re using the right bin
  • If sorted properly, most NHS waste doesn’t go to landfill – help us maximise what we recycle and make sure you dispose of all waste (clinical and non-clinical) using the right bin

Sir Simon Stevens, NHS Chief Executive, added, “While the NHS is already a world leader in sustainability, as the biggest employer in this country and comprising nearly a tenth of the UK economy, we’re both part of the problem and part of the solution. Indeed if health services across the world were their own country, they’d be the fifth-largest emitter on the planet.

“That’s why we are mobilising our 1.3 million staff to take action for a greener NHS, and it’s why we’ll be working with the world’s leading experts to help set a practical, evidence-based and ambitious route map and date for the NHS to reach net zero.”

NeedleSmart’s innovative technology creates a genuine opportunity for recycling as sterilising the needle and melting it into a safe sphere allows the waste to be disposed as non-hazardous rather than hazardous clinical waste. This provides both considerable cost savings to health organisations and enables the opportunity for recycling in order to reduce impact on the environment.

Compressing the needle also significantly reduces the needle footprint leading to a minimum of 50% increase in needle count per sharps bin. All NeedleSmart devices heat the needle to over 1300 °C, killing all potential harmful pathogens, viruses and bacteria, then compress the needle into a safe sphere.

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