BMI The Lincoln Hospital on Nettleham Road has scrapped the use of plastic and non-recyclable cups and has replaced them with recyclable and compostable versions.
Each year, the private hospital in Lincoln uses around 11,000 single use disposable coffee cups and 3,667 plastic water cups which are then thrown away.
By the end of November 2018, patients and visitors will be offered recyclable paper water cups and compostable paper cup for hot drinks, which break down in 30 days therefore leaving no adverse effects on the environment.
The cups are just the latest in the hospital’s drive to become more environmentally friendly, having already replaced plastic spoons with wooden stirrers.
Jason Hession, head of hotel services for BMI Healthcare said: “Our previous tea and coffee cups were either Styrofoam or double-walled plastic-lined cups, while our water cups were plastic.
“None of these break down properly in the environment and we at BMI Healthcare share concerns over the effects of plastic on our wildlife, our oceans and in the food that we eat.
“By moving to the new recyclable cups, we hope to contribute to the long-term health of our planet and hope we inspire others to do the same. And of course we will continue to use, wash and re-use crockery as far as possible.”