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UK News NHS is cutting single-use plastic by more than 1 million pieces a year

08:05  12 october  2019
08:05  12 october  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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The NHS is pledging to cut more than 100 million plastic straws, cups and cutlery items from hospitals across England each year . The use of single - use plastic across all catering will be cut as part of a drive to reduce waste and help the environment.

Health chiefs have vowed to scrap more than 100 million single - use plastics by phasing the material out from its catering operation and on-site stores. NHS England said many parts of the NHS are already tackling single - use plastic . The Yorkshire Ambulance Service is saving around four tonnes

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The NHS is promising to slash single-use plastic in a drive to cut waste and help the environment.

Health chiefs say the new move could cut the use of more than 1 million pieces of plastic across its catering operations.

The NHS has joined other major employers in efforts to cut plastic pollution. The move was partly sparked by Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet, which showed the effects of pollution.

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Plastic items such as cutlery and straws would be banned in the EU under plans approved by One MEP said, if no action was taken, "by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans". That is only a small contributor to the global problem, with an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic

“ More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year .” We are producing over 300 million tons of plastic every year , 50% of which is for single - use purposes – utilized for just a few moments, but on the planet for at least several hundred years .

The NHS bought at least 163 million plastic cups, 16 million pieces of plastic cutlery, 15 million straws and two million plastic stirrers last year, NHS data shows.

Staff and patients

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"Doing so will be good for our environment, for patients and for taxpayers who fund our NHS.

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"We're pleased that as a first step, major retailers operating in hospitals have committed to cut their plastics, starting with straws and stirrers, cutlery, plates and cups."

NHS England says that if the organisation can cuts its use of plastic by half, that could mean more than 1 million fewer pieces of plastic being used each year.

The move will affect staff and patient canteens, on-ward catering and plastics handed out by on-site retailers including Boots, M&S and WH Smith.

The retailers have also signed up to the pledge and promised to get rid of straws and stirrers from April 2020, with cutlery, plates and cups phased out over the following 12 months.

The NHS has written to hospitals urging them to back the campaign. Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, said: "Across the NHS, nurses, midwives and other frontline staff are providing great leadership on environmental issues and championing sustainability where they work.

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"Support from local NHS organisations to sign the pledge and cut use of catering plastics will need all NHS staff to take action in their own areas and encourage their employers to go further faster."

Pollution ripples

Many parts of the NHS have been introducing their own measures to tackle plastic pollution.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service has swapped plastic milk bottles for glass, plastic cutlery for wood and plastic drinks bottles with cans.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has removed more than 500,000 single-use plastic items from its canteens, including 227,000 pieces of cutlery and 231,180 cups.

The problems of plastic pollution are becoming ever more apparent.

Plastic is regularly found in the bodies of dead sea animals and although it is not necessarily an indication of the cause of death, it is a sign of how far the plastic pollution can reach.

In January, Friends of the Earth warned people eating sea food could also be ingesting plastic.

Craig Bennett, the campaign group's chief executive, said scientists are worried at the potential for tiny plastic particles to enter our bodies from sea food.

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