We are phasing out all single use plastic products from our cafes and vending machines and replacing them with environmentally friendly alternatives.
Plastic straws, food containers, plates, cups and cutlery are all being swapped for renewable, lower carbon or recycled materials – made by company Vegware - that can be composted or recycled with other waste as part of the Trust’s commitment to reducing its impact on the environment.
Sussex Partnership provides specialist mental health and learning disability services for all ages in Sussex as well as services for children and young people in Hampshire. It operates four cafes for staff, service users, their family, friends and carers at Meadowfield Hospital in Worthing, Mill View Hospital in Hove, Brighton General Hospital and Langley Green Hospital in Crawley.
Gavin Ford, the Trust’s head of facilities, said: “As an employer we are committed to carefully managing our impact on the environment, and are constantly working to improve our environmental performance.
“The huge damage waste plastic can do to our environment and its effect on marine life has been well documented in the media recently and this move is about us doing our bit to combat our impact on the environment and to support our communities, businesses, schools and community groups across Sussex and Hampshire who are working so hard to reduce or eliminate avoidable single-use plastics.”
It is anticipated all single use plastics will be phased out across the Trust and replaced with Vegware products by the end of the year.