A new, collaborative project from VinylPlus, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, targeted at boosting sustainability in healthcare across Europe, has launched today.
Called VinylPlus Med, the project brings together hospitals, waste managers, recyclers and the PVC industry in an effort to develop systems to recycle discarded single-use PVC medical devices. COVID-19 has highlighted the crucial role played by single-use plastic medical devices in the prevention and control of infection in hospitals. The surge in the need of such disposable items has shed light on the challenges of properly managing and discarding them after use.
Adequate sorting and recycling of non-infectious plastic waste can significantly reduce the environmental impact of hospitals and their operational costs.
Having previously funded a successful recycling scheme called RecoMed, which focussed on PVC masks and tubing, VinylPlus is now taking this project a step further. In VinylPlus Med the focus has been expanded to include such devices as disposable medical devices including oxygen and anaesthetic masks, tubing, IV and dialysis bags - all of which are made from PVC. Many of these devices, used once and for a short period of time on non-infectious patients, can be recycled.