Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Calvary Public Hospital Bruce in ACT is a great example of how our services work hard to help ensure a number of recycling initiatives actively participate in waste avoidance, reduction, reuse and recycling programs to reduce our environmental footprint.

Customer Services Manager, Greg Robertson attributes Calvary Public Hospital Bruce’s (CPHB) sustainability success to leadership from a large number of people in various roles across the hospital.

“In hindsight I think we were moving with social attitudes towards better waste management practices. Our progress sped up with the direction and tangible support provided by the ACT Government ACT Smart Business recycling program.

Our enthusiasm and early gains sparked broader interest and support. Then things started to occur that indicated the extent of staff ownership and leadership around sustainability. I vividly recall the team from our Birth Suite quite a few years back waving a pair of blue disposable scissors in front of me and insisting there must be some process available to prevent them going into waste.

Similarly strong representation came from the Operating Theatres team who have been at the forefront of sustainability when they implemented schemes that recycle single-use sterile blue cotton towels included in ‘theatre packs’ and single-use medical instruments.

There are many examples across Calvary – too numerous to list, but a recent significant initiative was last year when Clinical Team Leaders voted for the hospital-wide elimination of polystyrene cups. This decision eliminated 40,000 non-recyclable items from our waste output.

What I find most encouraging is that our staff have made sustainability part of their daily routines. Sure – we’re not perfect, but we are well on the way to making a real difference. We feel we have shown our community ‘that if a hospital can do it, any-one can.

Our progress has been vindicated by ongoing success in the Government’s ACT Smart Business Awards and recognition from the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Professor Kate Auty. Our journey is assisted by encouraging our contractors to participate in our scheme.

Now we have 31 separate waste disposal streams, with a number of others in the pipeline awaiting roll out. Our waste to landfill has decreased immensely; our usage of utilities including gas, electricity and water has reduced with proportionate costs savings; and our campus is more attractive with better waste arrangements.”