Monday, 21 March 2011

Maelor hospital - rubbish at recycling

The Daily Post follows up our story about the Maelor hospital's appalling recycling rate.

A NORTH Wales hospital has been blasted for appalling recycling rates.

Wrexham Maelor Hospital recycles a tiny 3% of its rubbish compared with its much greener neighbours Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, on 35% and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, on 42%.

Plaid Cymru’s Wrexham councillor Marc Jones said it was a terrible record, especially with the town having excellent recycling facilities.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board chiefs yesterday promised to sort it out.

Cllr Jones said the bulk of the Maelor's 1,129 tonnes of waste annually was sent to landfill and was costing £325,000 every year.

"Wrexham council has a large recycling facility on the industrial estate but the local hospital only recycles 3% of its waste – we need to see more joined-up thinking between public bodies on this matter,” he said.

Wrexham households currently recycle more than 40% following a push by the council and the award-winning Recycle With Michael scheme.

Cllr Jones added: “It’s about time all public bodies, including health boards, got involved in recycling as we all have to these days.”

A BCUHB spokesman said: “The health board is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and is making arrangements to improve recycling rates at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. We will soon be developing a new waste management service across North Wales and will ensure that significant recycling conditions are an essential requirement.

“Recycling rates at Ysbyty Gwynedd and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd stand at 35% and 42% and this has been achieved through ensuring waste is appropriately sorted before being disposed and investing in new equipment such as cardboard bailers.

“Items recycled at these hospitals include paper, catering oil, batteries aerosols, surplus equipment and furniture, fluorescent tubes, glass, plastics and cans.”

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