The results of the work done since 2009 are impressive.
Over 100 detailed waste surveys have been carried out to date under the Green Healthcare Programme, across 37 facilities, nationwide. This has provided very useful information to all the hospitals involved, as well as proven methodologies for the different types of survey and analysis.
The Green Healthcare Programme has identified considerable potential resource efficiency savings in the Irish healthcare system. Savings can be made in relation to reduced healthcare risk waste, food waste (in particular) and waste suitable for recycling).
The Green Healthcare Programme has issued a set of new benchmarks for hospital waste. Based on three years of analysis and detailed waste surveys carried out by the project team. The benchmarks include both risk and non-risk waste, showing the total waste generated per in-patient bed day in kg. This allows hospitals to assess how they are performing with respect to the norm.
The Green Healthcare Programme has developed many guidance documents for hospitals. As well as the support that Green Healthcare Programme experts have been giving directly to hospitals and other healthcare facilities in Ireland since its inception (through the results of detailed surveys etc.), several useful guidance documents have now been published and are freely available on this website for download.
We have combined the individual guidance documents into two booklets; one for Food Waste and one for Landfill, Recycling an Healthcare Risk Waste (HCRW). To download these documents click on the images below.