NHS SNEEICS - Green Plan

The opportunity – what we can achieve Resources have historically flowed in a linear way (reduce, re-use, recycle, dispose model). To minimise waste we need to transition from linear models to a circular economy model in terms of production, consumption and waste management.86 A circular economy is “one in which stuff is kept in use for as long as possible, delivering the highest value it can, for as long as it can” (ReLondon). It means maximising materials use and value and minimising waste at each stage of consumption/use.87 Reducing waste also reduces carbon emissions, reduces pollution, protects nature and reduces consumption of virgin raw materials.86 Strategic objective Commence the transition to the circular economy model to maximise our resource use and reduce carbon emissions. Target waste avoidance, re-use and repair opportunities alongside recycling activities. Stakeholder engagement, data collection and action plans to reduce single use plastics and food waste. Why it matters Waste accounts for 5% of the NHS carbon footprint.12 The UK creates 222 million tonnes waste per year.88 A study in 2020 estimated that human made materials now outweigh natural biomass across the planet.89 Key activity Supporting the implementation of the NHS regional plastic project ‘Developing a circular approach for singe use clinical plastics’.90 Support the adoption the 5Rs of procurement (reduce, reuse, reprocessed, renewable, recyclable). Targeting single use plastics, waste avoidance and waste reduction projects. Consider waste reduction and reprocessing infrastructure. Waste Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System Green Plan | 27 Key Themes