Help us to reduce our use of plastic

If you are one of the many of us who regularly use plastic cups or cutlery at work, then that is set to change.

The recent introduction of legislation has committed us, as a Board, to meeting Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan (which targets public sector organisations to recycle 70 per cent of all our waste) and the upcoming “Latte Tax” which aims to ban all throwaway cups by 2023.

It is not just as simple as introducing recycling bins into staff and public areas – major changes are needed to reduce the number of single use items, such as coffee cups, straws and cutlery and comply with legislation.

We are already reviewing our catering facilities to move towards a more ‘sustainable’ product by implementing a low-cost “keep-cup” and provide robust re-useable cups for customers sitting in for a tea or coffee.

But we can only achieve this if you support the changes we hope to make.

Martin Johnston, sustainability manager, said: “Like me, you may have seen the final episode of Blue Planet II earlier this year.

“Seeing the devastation human activity is causing to our marine life with around eight million tonnes of deadly plastic being dumped into the sea globally every year is appalling.

“To help us reduce our plastic waste, we are asking you to bring in your own reusable cup and cutlery if you regularly buy tea, coffee or food at one of our café outlets.

“This is just one of the areas we are looking at to help reduce our carbon footprint.

“In the coming weeks and months, we will be keeping you up to date with further plans to reduce our waste, both in non-clinical and clinical areas, through posters across all our sites and more articles in future issues of Staff Newsletter.”