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Caring for our Environment  

We aim to minimise pollution and the environmental impact of our activities via continuous improvement in environmental performance. There are currently two significant areas of focus:

Electricity

Energy consumption has a large impact on the carbon footprint of Edgewood. We try and minimise the amount of energy expended in all facets of our daily work by:

  1. turning off non-essential electrical equipment at the plug at night and when not in use. A computer left on overnight for a year uses over 500kWh of energy? Generating that much energy creates enough C02 to fill a double-decker bus.
  2. Switch off photocopiers and printers after hours. A photocopier left on standby overnight wastes enough energy to make 30 cups of tea. That’s nearly 11000 cups a year!
  3. Unplugging or switching off any electronic equipment chargers when not in use.
  4. Avoiding overfilling of the kettle
  5.  Consideration of the heating. Each degree heating is increased by can add up to 8% to the energy bill!
  6. Switching off  lights and or air conditioners / heaters off in empty rooms; if a room is left for more than 20mins the lights off are turned off
  7.  Washing in-patients bedding (unless infectious) at the lowest temperature possible
  8. The disposal of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in a sustainable manner i.e. recycled, recovered or reused.

 

Waste

We employ the services of a local recycling company, Green Recycling, in Maldon. They can be found on www.greenrecycling.co.uk. This initiative was the brainchild of Lauren, an excellent veterinary nurse who now lives in Australia. She researched and implemented the recycling scheme we still have in place today. This involves:

  1. Recycling of plastic bottles and cans (from food we feed our in-patients),
  2. Recycle paper and cardboard (from post and packaging).
  3. When photocopying or printing, making two-sided copies reduces paper waste by 50%.
  4. Use of rechargeable batteries where electronic equipment permits.
  5. Disposing of chemicals and batteries in a safe manner. Most batteries contain heavy metals and when disposed of incorrectly, these heavy metals may leak into the ground when the battery corrodes. This can contribute to soil and water pollution and endanger wildlife. Also, the energy required in manufacturing a battery can be 50 times more than the power it gives out. The UK generates 20,000 - 30,000 tonnes of waste general purpose batteries every year, but less than 1,000 tonnes are recycled.
  6. Minimising the printing of memos or documents and circulating them by e-mail.

In the planned new veterinary hospital, we aim to start recycling of grey water, generation of electricity with use of photovoltaic cells and heating and cooling of the building by either ground source or air source heat pumps.

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