NSLHD News November 12 2021

Ryde Hospital staff fill the machine with food waste

Food muncher at Ryde converts food waste to compost Ryde Hospital is playing its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with its new food waste processor.

the initiative prevents over five tonnes of patient food waste being transported offsite into landfill. “In doing so, we are reducing net greenhouse gas emissions and saving money on waste disposal, which is redirected into patient care,” she said. “Our food services and engineering staff are thrilled to be part of this innovative method of managing waste, instigated by our Sustainable Future Committee and ceremony going ahead in the New Year. “With COVID-19 now a part of life, it is even more important that we recognise the extraordinary contribution of our staff who go above and beyond to provide the very best care to our patients,” she said. There are eight award categories this year, including a new addition: • Healthy Communities • Connected Person-Centre Care • Evidence Based Decision Making • Responsive and Adaptable Organisation • Engaged and Empowered Workforce • CORE Values

endorsed by the NSLHD Planetary Health Committee.”

Also fittingly known as the food muncher, the processor converts 100kg of food waste into 10kg of organic compost every week with the compost used to fertilise the hospital’s gardens. It heats and mixes the food waste to process it into compost in just a few days. Ryde Hospital General Manager Heather Gough said Health District staff, volunteers, consumer advocates, patients and consumers are being called onto nominate for this year’s Exceptional People Awards. The awards celebrate and formally recognise individual staff members, teams and volunteers who live the true meaning of the CORE values and behaviours charter, to make a difference for the benefit of their colleagues, patients and consumers. With COVID-19 restrictions across Sydney for most of 2021, this year’s ceremony has a new date in February 2022 to ensure a full house can be in attendance. Chief Executive Deb Willcox said she is excited to see the

The first compost batch produced by the machine

Nominations re-opened for 2021 Exceptional People Award Northern Sydney Local

• Leadership • Carer Engagement Individual winners, team winners and volunteer winners will be awarded, so if you know an exceptional person, team or volunteer, visit the Exceptional People Awards page to nominate them https://www.nslhd. health.nsw.gov.au/Careers/ awards/Pages/EPA2021.aspx Nominations can be submitted by NSLHD staff, volunteers and consumer advocates, and also by our patients and consumers. Nominations will close at 5pm on Friday 26 November. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, details will be provided about a formal celebration to announce the winners at a later date.



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