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Hospital leads the way with elimination of single-use cutlery 

Health chiefs in the Canary Islands have instigated a new campaign to substantially reduce the use of plastics

The University Hospital Complex of the Canary Islands (HUC), attached
to the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, has implemented a series of measures to reduce and recycle single-use plastic waste. It involves the elimination of single-use plastic cutlery in the meal service of the patients of the hospitali units, as well as the internal dining room of the staff, eliminating, in this way, more than 719,000 single-use plastic cutlery per year.

This initiative arises from the commitment of the Government of the Canary Islands, included in the resolution that establishes guidelines and urgent recommendations for the reduction and recycling of single-use plastic waste, and which has been promoted by the HUC as the entity responsible for the protection enviroment.
Arrangements have also been made with La Laguna council and Ecovidrio for the removal of packaging waste and glass waste generated by the hospital, providing containers for this purpose. This measure will begin with the management of this waste by the cafeterias and later in the hospital kitchen.
The hospital centre plans to carry out training courses in waste management for workers as well as to carry out the progressive elimina-tion of plastic utensils, replacing those items that must be of a single use by the special conditions of the sanitary activity, by utensils of compostable / biodegradable material.
The HUC will extend this initiative to different areas, units and services as well as the specialised care centres (CAEs), the external area of mental health and the Hospital of the North. It also plans to open a specific suggestion box with the objective that the centre’s workers, through the intranet, can provide suggestions.