Clinical waste information – Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Someone is continuing in their quest to winkle out waste outputs from hospitals all over the UK, using freedom of information requests. This one, to Stockport NHS Foundation Trust seems to have backfired.

“Dear Stockport NHS Foundation Trust,

I am writing to you to request information regarding your current clinical waste collection and disposal service. Could you please provide the information requested below within 20 days or as prescribed by the Freedom of Information Act 2000?

• Annual Tonnage data broken down by the following waste streams:
1. Waste for incineration
2. Alternative Treatment
3. Offensive waste
• Contract length i.e. 3 years plus 2 years extension
• The expiry of the current waste contracts you have for the disposal of these waste streams
• Current waste provider

Your co-operation in providing this information will assist us in generating a data base to identify where the NHS can reduce waste, costs for service and ultimately help minimise the carbon footprint of your organisation. Should you wish to discuss any of the above please do not hesitate to contact me through the portal.

Yours faithfully,

Kerry Higgins”

The response, that seems not to have been challenged, can be seen here. This omits clinical wastes consigned to alternative treatment, surely the most significant volume of their output.

Some you win, some you loose.



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