Environmental Sustainability

As part of Northeast Health’s commitment to improving our environmental performance, our Environmental Sustainability Plan 2016 – 2018 has been updated and an Environmental Sustainability Committee established to support the initiatives to meet our key objectives and targets.

consumption & waste diagram

Within this plan we aim to:

  • Conserve energy
  • Conserve water and minimise wastewater disposal
  • Minimise and, where possible, eliminate the use of harmful substances
  • Ensure the correct and safe disposal of all substances
  • Minimise waste generation through reduction, reuse and recycling
  • Minimise pollution – noise, visual electromagnetic radiation, and odour
  • Address environmental concerns in all our planning and landscaping decisions
  • Encourage procurement procedures that adhere to the principles of our environmental policy

Current Initiatives in place;

  • Reusable coffee mugs implemented in the Cafe  – reduced use of disposable cups
  • Implementation of a printer cartridge and toner recycling program – avoiding disposal to landfill
  • Staff green waste being collected in the Community Health Building – used for feeding chooks and compost.
  • NHW is a member of Global Green and Healthy Hospitals – providing an extensive resource and access to sustainability initiatives, information, and ideas for improving practices.
  • Delivery pallets are being recycled – avoiding landfill waste disposal.
  • LED lighting replacement project is well underway resulting in improved lighting and less use of energy.
  • Roofing Insulation is being installed to improve climate control in the ward areas.
  • NHW involvement in the North East Sustainability and Health Group (NESHG) – a regional approach to sustainability in Health with an emphasis on community engagement and awareness on healthcare initiatives across our region.
  • The inclusion of Environmental Impact within the Vendor Agreement Template for suppliers and contractors.

Future Initiatives;

  • Investigation into PVC recycling – implementation will improve both clinical waste outcomes and improve recycling outcomes.
  • KimGuard recycling program – reducing the impact of landfill waste outcomes

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Contact

Kim Bennetts
Director, Support Services | Corporate Services
Phone: (03) 5722 5655
Email: Kim.Bennetts@nhw.hume.org.au

Northeast Health Wangaratta
35-47 Green Street, Wangaratta, Victoria 3677
PO BOX 386, Wangaratta Vic 3676