Northern region DHBs swap foam cups for biodegradable
Environmentally-friendly biodegradable paper cups are now being rolled out at hospitals and clinics across our region.
More than six million plastic styrofoam cups are used in the region each year. These single use cups and can take thousands of years to break down in landfill. The cups are now being replaced with the biodegradable alternative as existing stocks run out.
Waitematā was the first of the Northern DHBs to switch to a commercially compostable paper cup in 2017. HealthSource has since procured the cups for use at Auckland, Counties Manukau and Northland in a fantastic initiative designed to reduce our customers' significant environmental footprint. For the full story click here (external link) (external link)