Barts Health NHS Trust install intelligent waste segregation machine

A new recycling machine installed in the Main Entrance of Royal London Hospital is giving staff, patients and visitor the opportunity to be rewarded for recycling. The machine issues a 10p drinks voucher for every drinks bottle or can deposited into the machine, this voucher can then be used in the hospitals 5th floor restaurant or the coffee shop in the main reception.

Recycle your empty container at the site in the Reverse Vending Machine by;

  • Placing your empty can or bottle into the machine
  • Listening to the crushing
  • Pressing the screen or button to receive a voucher

This machine automatically segregates, crushes and stores your empty cans and bottles, giving the user a reward or a chance to donate to chosen charities. The machine, reduces the need for bin emptying and reduces waste volumes allowing for the products to b bailed and sold, leading to cost savings and carbon savings. This machine can store up to 1,000 cans and 500 plastic bottles at once, that’s enough to completely fill the back of a London Taxi! This will be the second machine the organisation has installed – the first, at their Whipps Cross Hospital site has recycled so many plastic bottles that stacked end to end they would reach around the circumference of the London Eye.

Barts Health NHS Trust sends zero waste to landfill, and is constantly pushing boundaries in healthcare waste management. Working in partnership with Skanska, waste costs have been reduced by over £2 million over the last 3 years. This has been achieved through a behavioural change and audit team who offer clinical waste segregation training to all staff, alongside the streamlining of collections. Our hard work has been externally recognised, with the trust being the first NHS Trust in the UK to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste.

To find out more join us on our waste day at Barts on 7th May 2015. Contact Neil Allen or Catherine Burrows to register ( or

If you would like to find out more about Barts Health NHS Trusts sustainability and waste management work please contact Fiona Daly on