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Staff Water and Waste Awareness Programme

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Green Healthcare Programme - Staff Water & Waste Awareness Programme

Green Healthcare is a staff waste and water awareness campaign run by the NHSO in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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The Green Healthcare Programme has worked with 30 healthcare facilities, including acute hospitals and non-acute facilities, completing approximately 100 individual surveys and waste audits . The acute hospitals involved in the programme to date represent 50% of the total acute beds in Ireland. In 2015 the programme moved from an audit based programme to a staff education and awareness programme. Each training event has a general information stand, along with targeted information sessions which cover the following:

  • Healthcare risk waste reduction & maximising recycling
  • Water conservation 
  • Food waste reduction


Food Waste

Webinar - Food Waste in European Healthcare 2016

HCWH Europe’s food waste webinar demonstrates how food waste has been reduced in healthcare facilities through national and hospital-centred policies. The Webinar includes Eileen O'Leary from the Clean Technolgy Centre speaking about the HSE EPA Green Healthcare Programme.

The Webinar and Presentations are available here.

The Green Healthcare Programme was also included in a recent publication of case studies from around Europe detailing recommendations for preventing and reducing food waste in healthcare.

Reducing Food Waste in Irish Hospitals, Eileen O'Leary, CTC. Cork IT -  Presentation

Clean Med Conference 2016 - Sustainable Food in Healthcare

Greening Healthcare in Ireland with a focus on Food Waste, Shane Colgan EPA - Presentation


Factsheet on Healthcare Risk Waste

Factsheet on Food Waste in Irish Hospitals

Factsheet on General Landfill Waste

Available HERE


Best Practice Guidance

Best Practice Guide on

Healthcare Risk Waste Reduction

Healthcare Risk Waste Reduction in Theatres

Best Practice on Food Waste Reduction

Maximising Recycling and Reducing Landfill

Best Practice on Bin Placement

Bin Signage – landfill, recycling, organic

 Available HERE


Case Studies

Food Waste in European Healthcare Setting - Case studies from around Europe and recommendations for preventing and reducing food waste in healthcare (Healthcare without Harm)

Waste Prevention Programmes – All Waste Streams:

Cork University Hospital: Achieving Sustainable Healthcare and Living

Temple Street Children’s University Hospital: Waste Minimisation Programme Overview

General Landfill, Recycling and Healthcare Risk Waste:

Cork University Hospital: Maximising recycling and minimising healthcare risk waste in the theatre

St. Vincent’s Private Hospital: Clinical Waste Reduction in Isolation Rooms and other areas

Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore: Minimising Healthcare Risk Waste Reduction and Maximising Recycling in Theatre

University Hospital Galway: Healthcare Risk Waste Prevention Programme

Temple St. Children’s University Hospital; Waste Prevention and Diversion of Recyclables 2010-2012

Food Waste:

Mayo General Hospital: Food Waste Prevention in Mayo General Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital: Food Waste Prevention Programme Overview

Temple Street Children’s University Hospital: Food Waste Minimisation Programme

University Hospital Galway: Food Waste Prevention Programme


HSE Publications

HSE Waste Awareness Handbook 2014