“The Wesley Hospital and UnitingCare have a deep understanding of the products they source, the lifecycle of the product and a commitment to reduce waste. It is encouraging to have customers who are passionate about sustainability.”
Cleanaway recently collaborated with The Wesley Hospital and UnitingCare to find a new home for seven pallets of hand towel dispensers, the equivalent of 3,070kgs of plastic that would have otherwise been disposed of in landfill.
Hospitality Services Manager Luke Hoskin from The Wesley Hospital reached out to Cleanaway Key Account Manager Leigh McClean to find a solution for the excess stock when the manufacturer would not accept them.
Together with UnitingCare’s sustainability team, Cleanaway found a solution through not-for-profit organisation Lifeline. Lifeline needed to increase their hand hygiene stations in response to COVID-19, so we arranged for the dispensers to be delivered to them.
Pictured: Packaged stock of hand dispensers ready to be shipped to Lifeline
In July 2019, UnitingCare set a target of achieving 30% diversion from landfill which inspired a medical supply rehoming program. To date, the program has sent over 300kgs of medical supplies to the Animal Welfare League and over 850kgs of curtains to Lifeline who repurposed them into ‘Goody Bags’ to be sold to raise funds for people in crisis.
Pictured: The Animal Welfare League team receiving their first delivery of medical supplies
Leigh who leads the program said, “The Wesley Hospital and UnitingCare have a deep understanding of the products they source, the lifecycle of the product and a commitment to reduce waste. It is encouraging to have customers who are passionate about sustainability.”
Cleanaway provides a complete range of waste management services to the UnitingCare group of facilities which includes The Wesley Hospital. Our services include the collection, disposal and recovery of healthcare-related waste streams, general waste and up to 12 dedicated recycling streams.
The team are currently working on creating an online marketplace to connect UnitingCare with local community groups to find homes for unused furniture and medical supplies.
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