TRASH TO TREASURE: Rockhampton Hospital waste management co-ordinator Clint Mills took out Queensland Health’s Award for Excellence for innovation with his successful implementation of a waste reduction program.
TRASH TO TREASURE: Rockhampton Hospital waste management co-ordinator Clint Mills took out Queensland Health’s Award for Excellence for innovation with his successful implementation of a waste reduction program. Chris Ison Rokcwaste

Clint scores award for fostering innovation

OSCAR would be anything but grouchy with Rockhampton Hospital's Clint Mills, who has walked away with a top-of-the-state innovation award.

At the 2015 Queensland Health Awards for Excellence Clint, as the hospital's waste management co-ordinator, picked up the top honour and the Fostering Innovation award.

Clint said winning the award was "daunting", but said it was nice to be recognised for the hard work put in to improving the area, especially with reducing emissions.

"The biggest thing with waste management in the rural areas is we don't have the recycling centres that metropolitan areas do which makes things a little bit more difficult," Clint said.

With 15 years of work with Queensland Health under his belt, Clint, who began in Rockhampton in 2006, said being nominated by the hospital's executives was definitely a welcome surprise.

"It was identified through a report that I had done in relation to waste reduction and seeing what we can reduce going into the landfill and things like that at the beginning of the year and within eight months we had more than reached our goals," he said.

"So what we actually achieved out of the project was reducing the untreated waste that was going to landfill by 10%, reducing the audited non-compliance to under 10 instances a month and reducing the cost of the general waste by 10%, and that was with a 20% increase in the volume of waste.

"So that's basically how it came about to be nominated for the award, and that went to a panel in Brisbane and they go through it and here we are."

While it is rarely the waste department in the spotlight for exceptional work, Clint said working with organisations like Planet Arc to really focus on reducing emissions and looking at the program's carbon footprint was definitely important work.

"We're big on all of that in relation to what we are trying to implement. The biggest thing is looking at what is actually going to the landfill and ensuring that those products that can be recycled are recycled, even down to your e-waste and batteries," Clint said.

"Whenever we can reduce it going to landfill, that's what we aim for."



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