Sustainability

Green Hearts

With the help of our Sustainability Officer, Cassie Ellis (also one of our talented Cardiac Technicians) Perth Cardio is leading the way in creating a sustainable workplace.  We are actively engaging staff, patients, suppliers, associated third parties and the wider community in sustainability practices by educating and empowering individuals to become responsible for contributing towards the creation of a sustainable future for us all.  We acknowledge the hurdles and challenges the medical industry faces as we seek to create a healthier community, however we believe there is no reason we can’t also create a healthier environment for the community in which we operate and live.  We are working to reduce our energy usage and disposable products, whilst responsibly disposing of the waste that we do produce.

2025 Goal – to be Western Australia’s first carbon neutral cardiology company.

Cassie Ellis
Sustainability Officer

Below are our latest initiatives and educational shares.  We encourage anyone to contact Cassie on (08) 6314 6833, if you would like to know more about any of these initiatives or if you have an initiative that you believe could assist us in our sustainability goals, because together we can all make a difference.


Plastic Free Morning Tea

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

On Tuesday 20th July Perth Cardio held their first Plastic Free Morning Tea in support of Plastic Free July.

The morning was such a success that it was actually a completely ZERO WASTE morning tea!

Cakes, pastries and milk were purchased from Dejaxo Artisan Bakers and collected in a reusable container and glass milk bottles.

Tea, coffee and sugar were provided by the Wasteless Pantry who sells bulk food in BYO containers and jars. Prizes were also kindly donated by the Wasteless Pantry in Greenwood.

A compost bin was also provided so used coffee grinds and tea leaves could be composted.

Our Sustainability Officer, Cassie brought in some items to help give people ideas on how they can replace disposable items with reusable items. Items such as reusable silicone zip lock bags, sandwich pouches, green silicone wraps, mesh produce bags, silicone bowl covers and beeswax wraps can all be used to replace single use items such as glad wrap or plastic bags.

Our team discussed the challenges in going zero-waste/plastic-free, and brainstormed ways to refuse, reuse and reduce.

HAPPY EARTH DAY

Friday, April 23, 2021

Cassie’s top 5 tips to reducing our impact on this beautiful planet we call home.

1.Compost
  1. Composting is one of the easiest ways to reduce your landfill waste.
  2. Not only does it reduce the amount in your red bin, but it’s like giving your garden a Berocca!
  3. Composting is easy, there’s lots of information out there but it’s pretty hard to go wrong.
  4. Low on space? There’s plenty of options, like Bokashi bins. These are benchtop mini-compost bins that take only a matter of days to break down organic waste.
  5. Worm farms are also slightly smaller and produce a fantastic tonic or “worm-wee” for your garden.
  6. Alternatively you can dig a hole in your garden and put all your food scraps in there until its full. Cover it over and dig another one!


2.Go naked!
  1. Not you, your bin!
  2. Now that all your organic waste is going into compost this is the perfect opportunity to remove bin liners from your bins.
  3. Bin liners add to greenhouse gases as it means that the waste inside takes even longer to break down, as the bag must breakdown first.
  4. If the idea freaks you out, you can always start by using old newspaper to line your bins instead.
  5. This will also make you think twice about what you put into your landfill bin, is there a better way to dispose of it?
  6. It also makes the bin a dry and smell-free place rather than a stinky wet one!
  7. Remember to NEVER use bin liners for your recycling, anything tied in a plastic bag in your recycling bin will go straight into landfill.


3.BYOC
  1. Bring your own cup!
  2. This applies to cutlery and straws as well
  3. There’s plenty of cute BYO cutlery sets available
  4. If every one of us BYOC there would be approximately 1 billion less disposable coffee cups in Australia’s landfill each year. That’s nothing to sniff at!
  5. These cafes will also offer a discount on your coffee if you BYOC
    1. Medico’s (Hollywood Medical Centre) – 30c discount for staff
    2. Health Freak Café (Mount) – 10% discount and only a 3 minute walk from our rooms
    3. Staff coffee cart at Joondalup Health Campus – 50c discount
    4. Coffee Club (Murdoch Wexford Centre) – 50c discount
    5. Nexus (same block as our Mt Lawley rooms) 5% discount
  6. Not having one is no excuse now that we’ve all received our classy PCI cups!


4.Take Responsibility for your waste
  1. Instead of throwing just anything in the landfill bin think about if there is a better option for that item.
  2. Could someone else use it?
  3. Is it e-waste? (throwing e-waste into landfill will soon be illegal)
  4. Is there a recycling stream for that item? For example Redcycle for soft plastics
  5. The very best solution to our waste is to BUY LESS STUFF.
  6. Can you get bread/rice/pasta waste-free? YES. All you need to do is ask (Bakers Delight will use reusable bread bags) and look in the right places such as bulk food stores where you BYO containers e.g., The Wasteless Pantry

5.Reducing emissions
  1. There’s a number of ways to do this but the easiest is to consider how your get around.
  2. Transport is Australia’s third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions
  3. Cars are responsible for roughly half of Australia’s transport emissions
  4. Consider taking the train if you’re at the Mount (and go into the draw to win $100 on your SmartRider each month!)
  5. Emissions are also produced in the food we eat.
  6. Agriculture makes up 10% of Australia's total emissions and 70% of that methane comes from sheep and cows.
  7. Why is this concerning? Because methane is 28 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.


Sustainable Officer Announcement

Monday, March 22, 2021

We are pleased to announce that Cassie Ellis has put her very excited hand up to take on the role of Sustainability Officer.  Cassie is very passionate about sustainability and operates a zero-waste household, so we look forward to her providing sustainability guidance to help us make a positive difference in our business and beyond.   

Sustainability Officer role duties:

  • Collate and present potential eco and sustainability practices and actions to the management team for review and consideration.
  • Coordinate the implementation of approved eco and sustainability practices and actions.
  • Promote eco and sustainability awareness.
  • Be the first port of call for colleagues wishing to have more information / education or take action on issues.
  • Identifying and assisting with gaining applicable certifications.

If you have opportunities for improvement or would like more information on eco and sustainability topics, please feel free to discuss them with her.  

And of course, a big thanks to Cassie for taking on this role.

SOFT PLASTIC RECYCLING

Monday, March 22, 2021

We have now introduced some new soft plastic recycling bins with REDcycle.  REDcycle collects soft plastics for recycling that turns recycled plastic into useful items like bollards, park benches/tables, decking, fencing and garden products (https://www.replas.com.au/ ).

 

Common items at work that are eligible for REDcycle are:

 

  • Plastic bags that patients return monitors in
  • Plastic wrap from linen
  • Chip and cracker packers (silver lined)
  • The outside packet from biscuits
  • Chocolate wrappers
  • Document sleeves
  • Zip lock bags
  • Clean-ish Glad wrap

You can find a comprehensive list of what CAN and CAN’T go into these bins here https://www.redcycle.net.au/what-to-redcycle/

 

If you are looking to do this at home, Woolies or Coles have collection points normally live near the end of the checkouts.



Strange Things

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Strange Things that wind up in our landfill. These are items that we may not always know how to dispose of correctly, and landfill may not seem like the right option, but what IS the right option?

There’s now a multitude of solutions for almost any kind of waste we create in the home or workplace. Many items that are unwanted but not at their “end of life” (aka item or product can no longer function in the way it was intended) can either be gifted to friends or family, or try using your local Buy Nothing Facebook group to gift to a neighbour (search “Buy Nothing” and your suburb to find your local), donate to an op shop, or maybe bushfire appeal.

Many of the items listed below not only have valuable parts that can be salvaged to create something else (computer parts contain a lot of gold!), they may also be hazardous (aerosol cans can explode in bins) or leach harmful chemicals into the groundwater supply (batteries, globes, paint etc).

E-waste: Anything that has a power cord. For example: kettles, toasters, laptops, printers, broken wires/cables, phone chargers, hard drives, CD/DVDs, mice, keyboards, monitors, TVs, hair dryers, microwaves etc.

Officeworks, Recycling Centre Balcatta (RCB), West Metro Recycling Centre in Shenton Park (WMRC), some Harvey Normans, West Tip Waste Control Malaga, Fremantle Recycling Centre, CMA Ecocycle Landsdale, City of Armadale Landfill & Recycling Facility, Red Hill Waste Management Facility, Shire of Mundaring, Tamala Park Waste Management Centre,

Mobile Phones

Mobile muster drop off points – most Telstra/Optus/Vodafone stores, Officeworks, RCB, WMRC

Plastic Bottles lids

Joondalup Health Campus staff cafeteria, The Wasteless Pantry, Perth City Farm, WMRC, Urban Revolution, Greenbatch, Our Ruby Girl Café, Environment House, Precious Plastic Perth, many daycares, 

Bread Tags (recycled to make wheelchairs for children)

The Wasteless Pantry, Perth City Farm, West Coast Steiner School, Lake Gwelup Primary, Our Ruby Girl Café, Piney Lakes Childcare, RCB, Care for Kids Duncraig

Ink & toner cartridges

Officeworks, JB Hifi, Harvey Norman, Cartridge World, The Good Guys, WMRC, RCB

Lightbulbs - HAZARDOUS

RCB, Fremantle Recycling Centre, Armadale Landfill & Recycling Facility, Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Aerosol Cans - HAZARDOUS

RCB, Fremantle Recycling Centre, Armadale Landfill & Recycling Facility, Red Hill Waste Management Facility, WMRC, Shire of Mundaring, Tamala Park Waste Management

Batteries (including car batteries) - HAZARDOUS

Officeworks, Nedlands Library, Battery World, RCB, Fremantle Recycling Centre, Armadale Landfill & Recycling Facility, Red Hill Waste Management Facility, WMRC, Shire of Mundaring, Tamala Park Waste Management, IKEA, City of Canning Transfer Station,

Dental products: empty toothpaste tubes, used toothbrushes, floss containers, electric toothbrush heads,

Perth City Farm, The Wasteless Pantry, Environment House Bayswater, most dentists - check yours here: http://www.terracyclemap.com/

Pens other Writing Instruments: felt tip pends, highlighters, markers, correction pens/tape

Officeworks, The Wasteless Pantry, Perth City Farm, Give Write, Environment House, Dianella Heights Primary, North Beach Primary, Urban Revolution, Hensman Street Elementary, City of Armadale, Merriwa Pharmacy, Shire of Serpentine

Hair product packaging

Perth City Farm, Enviro-Mental (Innaloo), North Beach P.S, Hensman Street Elementary, Shire of Serpentine, Ardor Organics Collection

Razors – I’m currently researching having disposable razor recycling at our rooms, stay tuned!

The Wasteless Pantry, Perth City Farm, Henman Street Elementary, Enviro-Mental, Dianella Height Primary, North Beach Primary, Recycle Intent (Kalamunda), Verdant Vista Community Garden, Ellenbrook, Harmony P.S, City of Armadale, Shire of Serpentine

 

You can find solutions for most items using these resources:

ECOSIA: THE SEARCH ENGINE THAT PLANTS TREES.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Ecosia is a search engine that donates at least 80% of its profits to not-for-profit organizations that focus on reforestation and planting trees where they are needed most. They are carbon negative and in 2020 were the first company to produce twice as much solar power as they needed. They now plant one tree every second across 21 reforestation projects around the planet. So when you search with Ecosia you’re planting trees that fight climate change by removing CO2 from the atmosphere, accelerate the energy transition away from fossil fuels and can feel good that you’re helping out the planet while you search for cat videos (but not at work 😉). To set Ecosia as your default browser, visit the website and click the button below. You can also sync the setting so it defaults to all the PCs you log into.

www.ecosia.org/

It’s one small way we can make a difference at work without having to lift a finger. You also get a tree-counter in the top righthand corner so you know how many trees you’ve planted!   

Happy searching and tree-planting!!

Hand Sanitizer Switch

Saturday, October 24, 2020

In a continued effort to strive towards a greener company we will now transition over to a new hand sanitiser supplier.
Why is it great?

  • It’s a WA owned company and is produced (with Australian products) in their warehouse in Bayswater, keeping all jobs within WA.
  • They deliver in 20L tubs which we will use to refill our existing bottles, so no more pump bottles in the bin.
  • The tubs that we empty will be collected when they next visit us to drop off our new order to be refilled and reused (zero waste!)
  • The sanitiser is 80% and meets all WHO requirements.

WGAC

Saturday, October 03, 2020

We use Who Gives a Crap (WGAC) toilet paper and tissues across all our sites. We have been supporting WGAC for several years now because they donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets for the 2 billion people across the globe who do not have access to one. So far, they have donated $8.3 million to help provide proper sanitation for people in need.  They do home deliveries so you can support them too: https://au.whogivesacrap.org/.  They also have a 100% money-back guarantee.  They know you'll love their products, but if for any reason you don't, send them back for a full refund. Good for the world, good for people, good for your bum.

Recycling myths - Disposable coffee cups, recyclable or not?

Saturday, September 26, 2020
  • Disposable coffee cups can NOT be recycled
  • MOST paper water cups cannot be recycled
  • Standard paper cups are lined with plastic to make them waterproof
  • The BioPak cups that we use in reception have a plant-based lining and can only be recycled at our Mount rooms (City of Perth). At all other sites they must go into landfill.
  • Most lids CAN be recycled, just give them a rinse first!
  • The solution: BYO keep cup and water bottle!

Did you know that these cafés near our offices offer a discount when you BYO keep cup?

  • Medico’s (Hollywood Medical Centre) – 30c discount for staff
  • Health Freak Café (Mount) – 10% discount and only a 3-minute walk from our rooms
  • Staff coffee cart at Joondalup Health Campus – 50c discount
  • Coffee Club (Murdoch Wexford Centre) – 50c discount
  • Nexus (same block as our Mt Lawley rooms) 5% discount
  • Einstein’s (Hollywood Specialist Centre) – no discount but will make your coffee in a plain coffee mug if you forget your Keep cup

Get your caffeine fix AND save money!

Milk Cartons                                                                                                     

  • None of our previous long-life milk cartons could be recycled, as these are made from a mixed material “Tetra pack”.  
  • Liquid paperboard (1L cartons) and 2L milk bottles (HDPE2 plastic) can be recycled (remove lid, these can be collected and taken to Precious Plastics for recycling).
  • We have now phased out these Tetra packs, which have been replaced with recyclable alternatives. 



Other Items

  • Pen recycling box at the Mount
  • Planet Ark ink and toner recycling – take used cartridges back to the Mount for recycling
  • All damaged leads and electrical cables are taken to e-waste recycling facilities

Bedroll, Hand Towels & Pens      

     

  • As long as bed rolls are not soiled they can be recycled.
  • Pens can not go in normal recycling, however we do not have a pen graveyard at the Mount for special recycling.

Nespresso Recycling

Saturday, September 19, 2020

We have expanded our Nespresso pod recycling facilities across our sites.  In the past we only had a large recycling bin at the Hollywood rooms.  We have now rolled out smaller recycling bags to our external sites: Joondalup, Midland, Mt Lawley, Murdoch and Bentley. These bags hold up to 200 used pods and are easily placed in the general post back to Nespresso when they are full.  Hollywood and the Mount have the full-sized cardboard recycling bins.

Now we can all enjoy some caffeinated goodness without the guilt of waste going to landfill!



A Good reason to switch off

Tuesday, September 08, 2020