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Sustainability is a big deal at Carefirst; so much so that it’s one of our values. As healthcare practitioners we know that the health of our environment has significant impacts on the health of our population. We also want to make sure we’re doing what we can to protect the environment for future generations to enjoy as much as we do.

Now we’re not proclaiming perfection, but we’re on a sustainability journey and our staff continue to work hard on implementing changes to reduce the amount of waste we’re sending to landfill. We’re also doing what we can over time to reduce and offset carbon emissions created in the day-to-day operations of our clinics. 

What does this look like in real time?

We’ve planted fruit trees at Carefirst Westown and you’ll soon more of these being planted at Skin Clinic Taranaki. We’ve also installed solar panels at our Westown clinic and hope to extend this to our other clinics in future. 

We’re also proud to say that with expert guidance from New Plymouth District Council’s Resource Wise Business (RWB) Programme and ongoing commitment from our staff, as of the end of 2022 we reached the programme’s ‘Silver status’, diverting 55% of our annual waste from Taranaki landfill. That’s just over 2000 kgs! 

This is a 21% increase on the amount of waste diverted in 2021 and we’re working hard to increase that percentage again, all while maintaining the same high level of care you expect from your healthcare team. 

Check out the video below to hear about our waste management journey first-hand from Katherine, a registered nurse and waste management champion at Carefirst Westown. 

What’s next for sustainability at Carefirst?

Seeing what we can achieve when we all work together towards these goals has inspired us to carry on our momentum. So, we’re diving deeper into international best practices in carbon emission reduction, through Toitū Envirocare’s Carbon Reduce certification.  

We’ll have more to report about this soon – watch this space! 

RWB Programme Case Study – Carefirst Medical Centre

Learn about how we are caring for our planet by reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill in this video of our waste management champion, RN Katherine Whaley.

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