Queanbeyan Hospital tackles food waste

5 June 2019

A creative solution between HealthShare NSW and the Southern NSW Local Health District is tackling food waste at Queanbeyan Hospital.

With the help of Food Services staff at the site, food waste is sent to Goterra, a company based in Fyshwick (ACT) that specialises in feeding food and organic waste to maggots that is then used to feed livestock such as pigs and chickens.

Since October 2018, Goterra collects the waste directly from the hospital stored in cornstarch compostable bags. In six months, it is estimated that 1.4 tonnes of food waste avoided landfill and was recycled through Goterra. The waste created 26.4kg of food for livestock and prevented 1261.6kg of CO2 emissions.

Wayne Rose, Southern NSW and Murrumbidgee East Sector Manager said, “It’s so great to see the team at Queanbeyan involved in this collaboration with the LHD and helping to reduce our impact on the environment.

“Our Food Services staff also partner with the hospital to rescue unopened bottles of water, mini jams, cereals and packets of tea and donate them to OzHarvest to support vulnerable members of the community.”

Queanbeyan is one of the only hospitals in NSW to use this method of food waste disposal and is a member of the Global Green Healthy Hospitals Network, under the Health Care Without Harm Movement.

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