Single-use metals avoid the landfill

Single-use metals avoid the landfill

Seventy kilograms of steel has been diverted from landfill since June last year PHOTO: Paul Felberbauer

Single-use metal instruments used by the Kenepuru Community Hospital Accident & Emergency Clinic are no longer headed straight for the landfill.

Along with the Wellington Regional Hospital ED, Kenepuru A&E is recycling single-use suture which is used for stitching, scissors, needle holders, and tweezers.

Seventy kilograms of steel has been diverted from the landfill since June last year. The instruments were instead recycled by Wellington Scrap Metals for general re-use.

Capital & Coast DHB corporate services general manager Thomas Davis said that it was important to continue to improve environmental sustainability.

“The health of natural environments is vital for the health of our communities, and DHBs have a responsibility to do our part to reduce the environmental impact of the health sector.”

The recycling of single-use steel instruments was part of a wider environmental sustainability project.

Other environmental sustainability included separate waste management initiatives as well as adding bicycle parking and the installation of energy efficient LED lights.

“Capital & Coast DHB is committed to improving our environmental sustainability through a range of programmes,” Davis said.

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