Creating new ways to dispose of waste to reduce carbon emissions
05 October 2021
By Hayley Carmichael
Sussex Partnership continues on its journey to more sustainable healthcare with the introduction of an offensive waste stream which helps reduce clinical infectious waste.
Introducing tiger stripe bags for offensive waste
Sussex Partnership has recently introduced a new ‘Offensive Waste’ stream which staff can recognize by the yellow and black striped bags (affectionately called tiger stripe bags).
Staff are encouraged to use the tiger stripe bags for any non-infectious healthcare waste which will help to reduce the volume of infectious waste (familiar through the orange bags) that the Trust will need to dispose of; because orange bag waste needs to be burned at a really high temperature it has a higher carbon footprint, so the less of this waste the Trust creates the less carbon it is emitting.
This development helps Sussex Partnership meet its Care Without Carbon goal of reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2040 and is part of ongoing work to improve how waste is managed across the Trust.