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Sodexo, the world’s largest services provider, in partnership with its client, Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, has won the Waste Management Award at the NHS Sustainability Awards.
The Trust and Sodexo teams received the award at a ceremony in Londonon the 17 April. The prize was awarded for a food waste project which achieved exceptional savings in waste volume and costs and a massive uplift in recycling rates.
The teams at CMFT created a separate food waste stream by arranging caddies for food collection in all wards and training all staff on the new process. This helped dramatically improved the Trust’s ability to recycle waste. Working with waste experts WRAP, the team then went on to tackle the 12.5 tonnes of food waste produced each month, by reducing serving sizes where appropriate, changing cooking methods and profiling portion sizes to patient groups.
As a result of these changes overall recycling rates went from 25% to 95%. Additionally, 1080 tonnes of waste per year has been diverted from landfill with an overall reduction of 40% in food waste volume. This has generated a financial saving of more than £17,000 a year from the food waste stream alone.
Claire Igoe, Sustainability and Energy Manager at Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust; “We’re very proud to have won this award as it demonstrates national recognition of our innovative partnership approach towards managing and reducing our food waste. We look forward to working with Sodexo on future sustainability initiatives”
Mark Davis, Sodexo’s Deputy Services Director at the Trust said; “We are delighted with the results we’ve achieved by working in partnership with the Trust and WRAP. This project shows the potential for driving down food waste and the cost savings that can be made as a result.”
Central Manchester and Sodexo have a successful history of working together on sustainability initiatives. Sodexo was recently recognised through an internal Trust award for a project to introduce the Trust’s first electric vehicle. The vehicle has now travelled approximately 3,500 miles, and is on track to save up to £5,000 per year compared to a typical diesel van achieving 20mpg.