NHS to Cut Plastic Straws, Cups and Cutlery from Hospitals

Plastic Waste

So much of our rubbish ends up in the landfill each year as a result of many plastic and paper products being used on a regular basis by people, businesses and particularly hospitals. That is why the NHS has set forth the decision that hospital canteens will undergo the removal of plastic items that are designed for one-time usage. Also, catering services for the hospitals will also be having their disposable plastic wares coming to an end.

With this plan, the NHS expects to see a reduction of more than one hundred million plastic items making their way to the landfill and oceans. This is a significant contribution to the environment without a doubt.

This means that the NHS has an ultra-strong vision to engage in the reduction of waste. The NHS believes that this step forward in such reduction measures will result in the formation of hospitals that prove to be much healthier for the staff members and the patients that the staff members care for.

During the past year, it is reported that the health care service industry in the nation of England had engaged he usage of more than two million plastic stirrers, sixteen million pieces of plastic cutlery, fifteen million straws and one hundred and sixty-three plastic cups. Indeed, those numbers are alarming.

If the NHS is able to achieve success in reducing the usage of disposable plastic catering items at least by half the amount, this will equate to more that one hundred million items being sent to the landfills or polluting the ocean.

As a result, this plan will mean that there will need to be the usage of more glass cups to reduce the plastic ones and straw options will be made of paper instead of plastic. Moreover, there will be the installation of more water fountains in an effort to reduce the consumption of bottled water. Many hold the mindset that this is a better solution for the patients. This will also be a positive outcome for taxpayers.

There are many that joined in a unanimous agreement to engage in the reduction of waste as set forth by the mandate of the Health Service Chief. Thus, such suppliers who have engaged in this agreement include the NHS Supply Chain, WH Smith, Boots, UKIME, Greggs, Marks & Spencer and OCS Group.

According to the Chief Executive for NHS, whose name is Simon Stevens, he indicated that it is proper for the NHS and the suppliers to engage in collaboration regarding the national campaign of ensuring a higher reduction of waste from disposable plastic items. By making this effort, this will have a positive impact on the environment, and it will also be better for the health of the patients. In addition, it will produce a positive outcome on behalf of the taxpayers who are the ones who really provide the funding for the NHS.

Thus, the NHS is happy to realise that major retailers which have their businesses within the premises of hospitals have agreed to reduce the usage of disposable plastic items. Thus, they will commence with reducing the usage of plastic cups, plastic plates, plastic cutlery, plastic stirrers and plastic cups.

To achieve this initiative moving forward with good agreement from the retailers in hospitals, the NHS had first sent a written notification to these providers to ask them to support the campaign of reducing plastic waste, to place their signature on the pledge and to finally take action in actually reducing waste that is generated from the usage of disposable plastic items. The NHS was clear to indicate that this was a matter of supreme urgency.

Then a professional lead for sustainability who serves at the Royal College of Nursing stated that because of the seriousness of climate disaster, there is an undeniable need to engage in the immediate reduction of the usage of plastics. This professional by the name of Rose Gallagher further indicated that she and her colleagues are glad that the NHS has committed to do what it can in the effort of the national campaign concerning the need to reduce the usage of disposable plastic items.

When nurses make these types of changes with their own efforts, this will contribute to the protection of the environment. In addition, such prudence will also result in the long-term saving of much money on behalf of the NHS.

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