With RecoMed, it’s easy for hospitals to recycle single use medical devices. We take care of all the collection infrastructure and logistics needed, so that day-to-day running of the scheme is simple and straightforward.
RecoMed bins and collection containers
We provide both bins and collection containers.
We source pedal bins to fit with individual hospital specifications relating to size and design to comply with hospital equipment policies. The only specification from our side is that the bins need to look different from other bins, to avoid confusion with other clinical waste streams. We can also supply bin bags if needed.
For the collection containers that store full bags awaiting collection, we use Euro pallet crates. We can supply either weatherproof, wooden lidded crates or cardboard lidded crates, depending on whether the waste yard is open or covered.
Collecting the devices
RecoMed collections fit in with standard hospital processes
Here’s what happens in a typical hospital:
- Clinical staff put used elective surgery devices into bin bags in RecoMed bins (removing non-PVC elements such as strapping and connectors).
- When a bag is full, it’s taken to the ward level bin store.
- From the ward level store, a porter takes the bag to a RecoMed collection container in the hospital waste bay.
- When the container is full, the waste team call RecoMed to ask for a collection.
- RecoMed arrange the collection (which may be with the hospital’s normal waste contractor).
- The waste contractor takes the full container, leaves an empty one, and provides a waste transfer note.
What happens to the devices after collection
Once the devices leave the hospital, they go to a reprocessing centre to be hand-sorted. This way, any non-PVC items can be identified and removed. It’s important that no non-PVC items are sent on to the next stage, as this would mean we’d need to pay extra sorting costs.
The PVC is then shredded, melted down, and made into new products including tree ties.
We provide regular updates to the hospital on the amount of masks and PVC diverted from clinical waste.