World Environment Day (5 June 2020) marks the beginning of an exciting new sustainability chapter for Ramsay Health Care, which is actively pursuing initiatives to reduce its impact on the environment.
Ramsay Australia CEO, Danny Sims, said today signals the official start of Ramsay’s pledge to remove 24 million single-use plastic items every year from its Australian operations.
“Plastic waste takes a huge toll on our planet. From today, plastic drinking cups and lids, cutlery, plates, stirrers, straws, kidney dishes, denture cups with lids, and most medication cups are no longer available to order for use in our facilities,” Mr Sims said.
“These items have all been replaced with environmentally-friendly alternatives.”
“This initiative has been achieved by our procurement team despite the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of supplies across the globe.”
Mr Sims said Ramsay’s next goal is to phase out single-use plastic water bottles across Australia.
“I want to highlight the great work undertaken by dozens of our facilities which have already replaced plastic water bottles with alternatives such as insulated jugs, self-serve water dispensers and refillable water bottles,” Mr Sims said.
Hollywood Private Hospital, located in Western Australia, is one of the latest Ramsay sites to adopt this initiative.
The hospital is expected to replace 380,000 single-use plastic water bottles with water jugs, removing more than 10,000kg of waste per year.
Please click here to find out more about this single-use plastic water bottle project.