Waste solutions for the healthcare industry
We have worked with numerous NHS and private hospitals providing balers, compactors and crushers as well as the unique PyroPure for clinical waste destruction. Below are three examples of where QCR have stepped in to help the healthcare sector save money on waste.
Cornish hospital embarks on new recycling solution with QCR
This Cornish hospital has recently embarked on a new recycling solution which has reduced their waste costs significantly with the help of QCR Recycling Equipment. The hospital offers a wide range of treatments and services and has 27 in-patient beds and a suite of 11 outpatient consulting rooms as well as a minor procedures treatment room.
Initial discussions and a site survey enabled Steve Hillier of QCR to recommend the right equipment for their business needs. These meetings were followed by a free trial of QCR's recycling compactors. The trial was backed with a full risk assessment and training of staff on the use of the equipment and procedures were recorded for internal use.
QCR saves NHS hospital £720 per month
This NHS Trust Hospital turned to QCR to save money on waste. A 17 metre cubic skip was in place for loose cardboard. Even though the skip was emptied twice a week, the skip would be overflowing on a regular basis which meant cardboard being disposed of in black bags into the general waste stream. Additional resources were regularly required to tidy the whole area.
Savings are £720.00 per month. The collection of bales is free of charge for the Trust and revenue generation from the cardboard is being explored through a rebate scheme with the help of QCR. The Trust is already considering adding a second baler on site to divert more cardboard from its general waste stream in other parts of the site to generate additional costs savings.
They are seeing a reduction in overflowing bins and a much tidier working area.
The Environment and Waste Manager at the Trust says: "For the Trust, it was a big step to introduce a baler on site. QCR accompanied us every step of the process. We were very pleased to be provided with not only a reliable piece of equipment, but a fully integrated service, including after care and advice always at hand when needed".
The Trust was recently awarded the prestigious ’NHS Sustainability Day Award’ for the best waste and recycling initiative at a national level. This was a great morale boost for all involved in the project.
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QCR install various recycling equipment at healthcare manufacturer
This company design, manufacture and distribute healthcare products in the UK and worldwide to over 25 export markets. They have five manufacturing and distribution sites and more than 20 branches across the UK and Ireland. The company were paying heavy charges to dispose of cardboard, plastic, hazardous waste and used overalls. A lot of recyclable material was being taken as general waste which contravened their environmental standards. Collections were often not being carried out in accordance with the schedule they were paying for. They were also generating a lot of soft and hard hazardous waste which they were paying heavy charges to dispose of.
They had already implemented a successful segregation system at one site and wanted to roll this out to include the manufacturing division. On realising how much waste was being created they asked the QCR Area Sales Manager, to visit them. He discussed the benefits of QCR's baling solutions and after a successful trial they proceeded. Across four sites they now have one QCR 509 baler, three QCR 306 balers, two QCR XP bag compactors, one hazardous waste compactor and 15 plastic bag stands. With these they bale cardboard, plastic and overalls for recycling and compact hazardous and general waste to maximise volume in bins and drums. QCR also organised the collection of their polypropylene boards and cardboard inner rolls.
They have been able to reduce their skip/bin lifts massively and are now seeing substantial savings at their site. They also receive a monthly rebate figure of around £700 for all their recyclable materials.
"As a healthcare company it’s really important to us that we improve our green image so we've implemented the Green Promise environmental system. The QCR waste solution helps us achieve our goals in this framework. Our waste costs have been reduced considerably and at one site alone we're seeing savings of £24,000 per year.
We also a large amount of soft and hard hazardous material waste which we were paying over £500 per month for. By maximising the amount of material going into the drum we now produce our own consignment notes and call for collection when ready. We now only require two lifts per year at a cost of only £1,100, saving us nearly £5,000 a year". Regulatory and Environmental Manager.
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