Environment

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Buderim Private Hospital is committed to protecting the environment and using energy and resources wisely.

We recognise that reducing our carbon footprint and being more resource efficient – using less energy and water, and producing less waste and emissions – are essential to promoting healthy and sustainable environments for our patients and communities.

As we are part of the UnitingCare family, our internal sustainability program is Greening UnitingCare, which captures the multitude of initiatives we are implementing to continuously improve our environmental performance. From green fleets to LED lighting retrofits, recycling to reducing single-use items – these are some of the ways we are growing sustainability at UnitingCare.

In the past three years, Buderim Private Hospital has:

  • Upgraded 1,481 lightbulbs to energy-efficient LEDs, reducing our impact by 504,000 kWh and 400 tonnes of CO2e per year. This is equivalent to 112 households’ annual electricity use!
  • Continued to expand our recycling program, by introducing specialised recycling initiatives, such as PVC (IV bags, tubing and oxygen masks), aluminium anaesthetic gas bottles, printer toners, e-waste, compression garments, metal, and batteries.
  • Donated medical supplies (that were otherwise destined for landfill) to wildlife rescue groups, to aid recovery efforts following the 2019/20 summer bushfires.
  • Switched to paper straws, preventing around 14,000 plastic straws from going to landfill each year.
  • Changed from plastic kidney dishes and anaesthetic trays to compostable products made from bagasse – a by-product from the sugarcane industry.

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