Towards Zero Waste: Environmentally Sustainable Waste Management Solutions for Hospitals

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust and North Bristol NHS Trust, UK

Market Sounding and Call for innovative solutions

Keep up to date with developments. Updates on the project will be posted on this webpage.

We are calling on all parts of the supply chain together with innovation networks to respond to this call for innovation. In moving this procurement forward we need to understand the current state of the art, product and service developments coming on stream, ideas emerging from R&D projects, and opportunities for co-creation with suppliers to help us to deliver a progressive and forward-looking approach to hospital waste.
Joaquim Duarte, Senior Sustainable Waste Manager, UHBW



University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust and North Bristol NHS Trusts current waste management arrangements will conclude in March 2023. The Trusts will be launching a call for tender later this year with the objective of fundamentally reorienting the approach to waste management services. Going forward, the Trusts will require solutions and services that deliver environmentally sustainable waste management services and solutions that address both the urgent need to minimise waste arising and enable a transition to circular waste management.

This shift is in line with the NHS drive towards more sustainable, environmentally friendly waste management methods, reducing carbon emissions and harmful emissions and achieving the NHS 2050 net-zero carbon targets.  This initiative is supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement and Greener NHS and has attracted considerable interest from other NHS Trusts and networks across the UK.

Southmead Hospital Bristol

Market sounding and call for innovative solutions

In order to deliver on our progressive sustainable development strategy and our commitment to environmental protection, carbon reduction and the circular economy, we need forward-looking, environmentally sustainable solutions to both the reduction and management of waste. The need for a transition ‘towards zero waste’  needs not only new technology but new business models and ways of working. We are therefore launching this call for solutions and innovation and look to open a dialogue with the supply-chain about how this can be achieved.

Responses are invited from across the supply chain.  You can respond to this call and express interest in the tender by reading the Market Sounding Prospectus and completing the Market Response Form.  Responses are requested by 14 March 2022.

Market Sounding Prospectus

Market Consultation Event

An online market consultation event will be held on the 27 April 2022.  This event will be an opportunity for suppliers from all parts of the supply chain to hear directly about the future of NHS waste management and our requirements, and contribute to discussions about the tender specification,  the procurement strategy and opportunities for co-creation of solutions.

Please register for our Market Event using the Market Response Form.

Alternatively, please email:

Southmead Hospital Bristol

Market Consultation Invitation to Bilateral Suppliers Meetings

Further to the online market consultation event held on the 27 April 2022, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust and North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust would like to invite interested representatives from across the supply chain to the market consultation bilateral structured meetings.  This event will be an opportunity for suppliers to expand and explore in more detail on the outcomes of our pre-tender market engagement activities.

Please register your interest for our Bilateral Supplier Meetings via the invitation document.

UHBW-NBT Market Consultation Invite to Bilateral Supplier Meetings

Structured Bilateral Supplier Meetings – Update

The project team would like to thank all involved during the bilateral structured meetings and this pro innovation procurement project.

Find out what the next steps will be in our Update Report.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is market sounding?

Market sounding is a pre-tender activity.  Its purpose is to provide advance notice of new requirements ahead of a tendering process and to help assess the appetite, capacity and capability of the market to respond to the customer’s requirements over time.  This helps the customer to design an effective procurement strategy.

Do we need to complete the market response form if we want to tender for the contracts?

No.  This is not a call for competition or a pre-qualification exercise. It is a prior market sounding exercise to provide advance information of our requirements and open a dialogue with the supply chain. The feedback from the supply chain will be used to inform our future tender specifications and strategy.

Interested operators can participate in any future call for tenders or procurement process even if they did not participate in the prior market sounding and consultation. Participation in the market sounding and consultation will not be a requirement to submit a proposal to the tender, does not lead to any rights or privileges for the participants and is not part of a pre-qualification process.

Will our responses be assessed?

No. Market sounding and consultation is not an evaluation of individual suppliers. It’s purpose is to assess the state of the market as a whole.

When will the tender be published?

The indicative procurement timeline can be found in the Market Sounding Prospectus.  Currently, we anticipate publishing the call for tender in the autumn of 2022.

How many company representatives can register for the market event?

Each company can register up to 3 participants.

I have questions about the market sounding, who should I contact?

You should direct technical questions on the response form to and general questions about market sounding and innovation procurement to

Project contact
Sam Willitts
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