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Healthscope – Partnering with Industry leaders to minimise waste related environmental impacts


In March 2010, Veolia signed a national commercial waste services contract with Healthscope covering all of its operational sites across Australia.

Healthscope

THE CHALLENGE

Healthscope is Australia's second largest private hospital operator and a leading provider of pathology services in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore. Healthscope’s business also includes more than 57 medical centres and specialist skin clinics across Australia.
In terms of sustainability, Healthscope aims to use natural resources more efficiently, minimise the production of waste, harmful air emissions and water discharges and recycle or reuse where possible. When it comes to waste management, Healthscope looks to prevent or reduce waste generation wherever possible so that there is less impact on the environment.

 

THE SOLUTION

In March 2010, Veolia signed a national commercial waste services contract with Healthscope covering all of its operational sites across Australia. Waste management services cover 46 hospitals, 300 pathology collection sites and 15 medical centres across Australia.

From contract start-up, Veolia has helped Healthscope realise their sustainability goals by avoiding and reducing residual waste going to landfill, and by increasing recycling across all locations.

Veolia has provided Healthscope with the following innovations to meet their sustainability goals:
  • Comprehensive education and training packages for all employees. This also included the delivery of the online Learning Portal for waste and recycling
  • A Greenhouse Gas estimating tool for each Healthscope site
  • Disposal certificates compliant with local regulatory requirements for all medical waste disposed
  • Initial site audits undertaken prior to the commencement of contract at each Healthscope site. Veolia also provides yearly audits for contract
  • After the initial three months, a waste management plan for each division
  • General waste volumes are measured per patient, appointment, sample and test to be reduced and diverted annually
  • Medical waste volumes measured per patient, appointment, sample and test to be reduced and diverted annually
  • National consolidated Invoices provided electronically and designed to suit their accounting system.

THE RESULT

Through Veolia’s comprehensive environmental service offering, Healthscope has benefited from:
  • Reduced environmental footprint across Australia
  • Reduced GHG emissions and increased recycling volumes
  • Increased diversion from landfill
  • Upskilling of workforce through training packages
  • Improved business processes through a national consolidated monthly invoice

Healthscope now have a robust waste management strategy which focuses on reduction in waste generation, source separation of waste and recyclables and delivery of abundant education and training.

In delivering these benefits, Healthscope have been able to increase engagement of their staff to practice more environmentally sustainable measures.

 

KEY FIGURE

2,912.18 tonnes CO2 avoided in 2014 by diverting waste from landfill