Single use plastic forms a large part of clinical waste streams. These streams are a financial burden for hospitals and their production and disposal via incineration is environmentally damaging. Astonishingly much of this plastic is high grade and does not need to be treated as clinical waste. Establishing a recycling route that gives this waste a value would be a strong incentive to separate it and collect it. The Trust and its partners are therefore seeking innovative solutions that can minimise the amount of single use plastic and divert from incineration this most intractable, expensive and environmentally damaging of waste streams to establish a circular material flow, creating value for the Trust. It is particularly interested in solutions where the healthcare sector is a market for the product, for example creating material for 3-D printing of medical devices as this would enable further cycles of reuse and recycling.
Project contact: Sam Willitts