St Christopher’s Goes Green

On 5 June it was World Environment Day and, in the spirit of all things green, we decided to explore all the things we’re doing as an organisation to reduce waste, maintain efficiency and look after our environment

Recycling in our shops

Our shops are all about recycling and rehoming and, in the last year alone, the team have:

  • Saved 468 tons of goods from landfill
  • Sorted and sold 117,000 boxes and bags of donations
  • Received a staggering 3.3 million donated items.

We’re always looking for items to give a loving home to so please think of us next time you’re having a clear out – your unwanted items are someone else’s treasure! Pictured above is Emily from our Communications Team with her latest bargain purchases from our Dulwich shop.

What a load of old rubbish!

Whilst waste collection might not be the most glamorous of topics it’s one that’s got us really excited this month as recent changes have meant we have yet another badge to add to our green credentials!

On Monday the 26 June, we changed our waste collection provider and, whilst most of you won’t notice any changes in the short term, we wanted to let you know the ‘green changes’ that are happening behind the scenes:

  • Zero to landfill – what’s not recycled will be sent to be turned into light and power
  • Recycling – we’ll start to roll out a programme of recycling throughout the site, starting with the main kitchen.

We’re looking to start small with our waste disposal plans but hope to roll out this initiative across the hospice over the next 6 months. More information on what you can recycle and where will be displayed over the coming months.

Looking on the bright side

We’re delighted to share the news that we will shortly be having solar panels installed at the hospice!

These panels will be funded by a local group of Lambeth and Southwark residents known as Sustainable Energy 24 who believe that communities, regardless of financial resources, should have access to the benefits of affordable low-carbon technologies. The new solar panels will help us make energy savings so that vital funds can be released to support patients and families as well as helping us to meet our environmental objectives. Installation is planned for July 2017.

The new solar panels will save us £20,000 in electricity costs over 20 years!