The project, which is still in its infancy, has been commissioned and funded by VinylPlus (the voluntary sustainable development program of the EU PVC industry). The British Plastics Federation (BPF) working in conjunction with Axion Consulting are thus developing the collection scheme that helps to recycle clean PVC medical waste - items collected include IV solution bags; nasal cannulas; oxygen tubes; anaesthetic masks and oxygen masks.
A spokeswoman said: “By collecting these items, the scheme helps avoid certain medical devices unnecessarily ending up in clinical waste, which would otherwise be sent for incineration. Instead these items are recycled into products for the horticultural industry, such as tree ties, promoting a circular economy and reducing waste in this sector”.
With around 1500 hospitals in the UK, estimates put the total tonnage of PVC waste at over 2,000 tonnes per annum. That’s a lot of waste and potentially big savings.
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