BARNSLEY Hospital hopes to save more than one ton in plastic waste as it moves to axe all its plastic cups at its water coolers.

In 2018, the hospital used 577,200 single-use plastic cups which is equivalent to 1.44 tons of waste.

The cups have now been removed as plastic cutlery and stirrers have already been eliminated by the trust.

This comes after hospital bosses signed the NHS Single Use Plastic Reduction pledge.

Patients and visitors will now be supplied with paper cups as an alternative.

Bob Kirton, chief delivery officers and deputy chief executive, said: “We have taken a very important step which signals our commitment to eliminating single use plastics at the trust.

“We will still need to source products made from plastic materials but we will aim to source alternative products that are reusable or are more sustainable and better for the environment.

“We believe our staff will fully support us in making this change.”