The trust is continually seeking to reduce operating costs and improve sustainability, so ReFood was selected to transform the trust’s approach to food waste. In the past, the trust disposed of ward and preparation waste through macerators, which made it difficult to measure our exact waste volumes, recycling costs and emissions.
We replaced the existing macerators with a reliable system of food waste bins, which made food waste clean, convenient and measurable. This collection service not only reduced the trust’s water usage, drainage costs and energy consumption, but also allowed us to gain a clearer picture of food disposal within the organisation. We were subsequently able to suggest cost savings at every stage of the process and implement changes that minimised waste at the preparation stage.
Our model was so successful that many other NHS trusts are now looking to implement the same changes.