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HMC launches recycling pilot programme as part of its push to reduce waste

  • Jun 15, 2021
  • Author: QT-Online
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Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has launched a recycling pilot programme at selected sites in Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City.
The Waste Wise programme not only encourages staff, patients and visitors to use state-of-the art bins to recycle paper, aluminum, plastic and other waste, it’s also seeking to change habits and behaviours related to recycling.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), of the total amount of waste generated by Healthcare activities globally, about 85 percent is general, non-hazardous waste, much of which can be recycled.
“In line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and its commitment to environmental sustainability, HMC is working to reduce the general waste we send to landfills in Qatar every year by making some changes,” said Hamad Al Khalifa, HMC’s Chief of Healthcare Facilities and Acting Chief of Business Services. 
“Our goal is to reduce the amount of general waste sent to landfill by our facilities by 10 percent in 2021 and by 15 percent by November 2022. As part of meeting this goal, for the first phase of this four-phase program, we have installed bins in selected areas of HMC. By the start of the World Cup in 2022, patients  and visitors can expect to find these innovative bins in all of our facilities.”
The Waste Wise new recycling bins have been installed in high volume areas - lobbies, reception, cafeterias etc., staff designated areas or visitors/patient areas. The new waste system enables HMC to monitor how much was is recycled with tallies being kept for each month. 
The pilot program is coupled with an education campaign informing staff and visitors what can be recycled, how to use the bins and how to be involved.
Al Khalifa said embracing recycling at HMC  and the Waste Wise programme is not just the responsibility of staff.
“As we continue to roll out the program across HMC, we are asking our community to help us reach these waste reduction goals and deposit their waste in the appropriate bins,” he said.