Project Description

CASE STUDY

PRINCESS ALEXANDRA HOSPITAL

With around 3 tonnes of food waste each week at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), what began as a way to reduce landfill and improve sustainability has evolved into a shining example of a circular economy that benefits the entire hospital community.

As Brisbane’s second largest hospital, PAH has more than 1050 beds and serves over 2300 meals each week, with the changing needs of patients each day resulting in substantial amounts of unused food.

After introducing the enrich360® solution in March 2020, the hospital is now converting that food waste into nutrient-rich fertiliser every 24 hours. It’s then used on the hospital gardens and grounds, given to patients for their own gardening projects, donated to community programs and social enterprise businesses such as HELP nurseries, and even sold to generate income for the Princess Alexandra Foundation.

“By dehydrating the food waste it’s not going to landfill, saving us $50,000 a year. It’s new technology in hospitals and we’re getting a lot of interest from other hospitals wanting to learn what we’re doing.” – Noel Matson – Director, Operational Services

The profits from the fertiliser are split between the Foundation, which funds vital medical research, and to fund further sustainability initiatives.

2.8-3t

FOOD WASTE PER WEEK

80-90kg

FERTILISER CREATED EACH DAY

550M

DEHYDRATOR MODEL

24hrs

CYCLE TIME

“We’re part of what we call a 360 community, which is a group of like-minded people who want to look at how we minimize our food waste. We’ve made a concerted effort to look at how we can be more sustainable while also driving cost savings and being more efficient.”

Noel Matson

Director, Operational Services & Sustainability Committee member