Case Study:

Bristol Southmead NHS

February 13, 2015

Setting the Scene 

Bristol Southmead’s new Brunel Building was due to open fully on the 28th May 2014, so a tender was released for the supply of waste bins.

Wybone Ltd, a Barnsley based manufacturer of hospital waste bins won the tender to supply and site almost 5,500 waste bins, including some recycling units.

The Products

Wybone won the tender with their ‘Hybrid’ waste bins. Specifically designed for use within healthcare environments, these pedal operated waste bins have a non-marking plastic base, and a galvanised steel lid that can be used with magnetic labels to quickly indicate a change of use. Combining these two materials creates the perfect mix of fire protection and corrosion resistance, ideal for hospital use.

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The Timeframe

Wybone had to work to Bristol Southmead’s siting time plan, so needed to ensure the order was manufactured in time. For Wybone, this meant producing 400 units per day to complete the order in time, ready for its siting team to take over and position all the units within the hospital wards and treatment rooms. To ensure all the Hybrid units were manufactured on time they utilised their sackholder production cell, meaning they could produce 400 units per day on average.

Richard Cooper, Wybone’s MD, explained: “Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and highly skilled staff enabled us to complete the manufacture of this order in

just 13 days, timed perfectly to allow for our team to site the units, exceeding the hospital’s siting plan time frame.”

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Why Wybone?

Describing the selection process, Esther Coffin-Smith, from the procurement team at Southmead com- mented: “We mainly chose Wybone because we wanted a bin that
had anti-rust properties but one we could use magnetic labels on.
They were also able to site all the bins and remove their waste.”

Esther explained: “Wybone supplied 5,499 bins in total. 148 metal, confidential waste consoles. Six of their Torpedo bins for the public concourse areas and staff restaurant – these are large bins split into three for general and recyclable waste. All the remainder are the Hybrid bin with the plastic base. We have a mix of sizes – 28 litre, 42 litre and 80 litre.

“We chose the rust-free alternative as we don’t want to risk marking the floors of our new hospital.”

A change of use of a bin’s waste stream can be quickly and easily achieved, if ever required, by using the magnetic, metallic labels.

Esther explained: “We have 75% single patient rooms and each has four of the 28 litre bins – two in the en suite and two in the main room. If a patient becomes infected we’ll use the metallic label. For an infected patient, all the bins are lined with an orange sack and a magnetic orange label placed on top which covers the existing label.”


Wybone were given four weeks of siting time to get all the bins in place throughout the new hospital building, but exceeded the time frame and completed it within three weeks, leaving the site pristine and free of any litter or packaging. Wybone utilised their own vehicles and a mixture of their own staff, along with temporary agency staff from Bristol to ensure the job was completed ahead of schedule.

Esther commented: “The siting of the bins, which I thought could be problematic, went very smoothly and Wybone delivered on their promises.”

“Wybone did a superb job on producing our 5,499 bins. Getting them ready to allow the siting team to get them into place a whole week ahead of schedule was fantastic!
I would recommend Wybone a thousand times over!”

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