Social Responsibility

We have all become aware of the increasing negative effect of plastic in our environment. 79% of the plastic produced over the last 70 years has been thrown into landfill sites or into the environment with only 9% of plastics recycled. Plastics do not biodegrade but break down into smaller micro-plastics. Dental practices produce a huge amount of plastic waste from single-use disposable cups, gloves, instruments, oral hygiene products decontamination products and more. At CESRC we are looking at ways to limit the purchase of plastic and plastic-packaged items, encouraging plastic recycling and finding sustainable alternatives as well as looking at reducing our paper waste and carbon footprint. There are many ways in which we are doing this:

  1. We have removed plastic bottles from our fridge and now provide glasses and chilled water to drink (we will happily fill up your water bottles for you if needed please just ask any team member).
  2. We are changing from plastic cups in the surgery to stainless steel cups which will go through the same decontamination procedures that our dental instruments do.
  3. We have chosen to use PHS as our waste removal provider. PHS LifeCycle is the only facility in the UK with the technology to convert absorbent hygiene waste products into refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and to do so on an industrial scale. The RDF is used as a fuel source by business and industry, meaning that unlike some practices our waste does not go to landfill.
  4. We are collecting emails from our patients whenever possible so that we can email information to you rather than sending paper out in the post. We can password protect these emails with your six-digit date of birth if they contain any sensitive data.
  5. We are looking at oral hygiene products which are more eco-friendly and will be launching our eco shelf soon. We currently stock tepes new manual toothbrush made from recyclable plastic.
  6. We are looking at all our processes and procedures and asking ourselves do we need to use it and if we do is there a more sustainable material such as stainless steel which we could use?

Our pledge is to look for small ways to do things better with alternatives where possible whilst always maintaining patient safety. We would love to hear your suggestions and ideas that are happening in your homes and workplaces to reduce plastic waste.


“After feeling very anxious prior to my appointment, I left CESRC feeling much happier and in very safe and competent hands. Every member of the team that I came into contact with were kind, reassuring and helpful. The experience of the team was obvious from the word go and I would highly recommend this practice! Thank you!”

E. Richards

“Another great CPD evening on occlusion last week. Keep up with the study club programme as it is a great opportunity for us GDPs to stay up to date and meet other colleagues in the profession.”

O. Hinton

“Excellent, knowledgeable team.”

C. Bradley


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