PVCMed Alliance has been shortlisted for the Tomorrow’s Care Awards 2020 for their work highlighting the recyclability of PVC medical devices. The Tomorrow’s Care Awards celebrate the most innovative products and services in the healthcare industry and this year, the awards specifically cites the RecoMed Scheme and its potential to divert PVC away from disposal to recycling.
The potential for medical devices recycling is huge. In the UK alone, more than 8 million anaesthetics are performed each year. By recycling medical devices, hospitals can contribute to substantial carbon and energy savings: every kilo of recycled PVC replaces the same amount on the market, and for each kilo of PVC recycled, two kilos of CO2 are saved. Further, recycled PVC’s primary energy demand is up to 90% lower than virgin PVC production. Importantly, hospitals can save money on waste management by sorting out devices for recycling rather than sending them to costly clinical waste disposal routes.
RecoMed continues to prove that recycling these single use medical devices achieves better environmental outcomes for this readily recyclable material. We are actively working with UK healthcare providers, both in the NHS and private healthcare sectors to promote the recycling of single use PVC medical devices. If you would like to stay up to date with the latest developments from the RecoMed Scheme, sign up for our newsletter.