PVC medical recycling in Australia

Recycling of PVC-based medical devices has been ongoing in Australia and New Zealand since 2009. In the last three years, the number of hospitals and healthcare facilities enrolled in the programme has grown from 25 to around 100. The recycling activity is mainly driven staff, who already recycle plastics at home. They find it a natural progression to do it at their workplace. Due to the success of the programme, PVC recycling is now part of the training to become a nurse in Australia.

The recyclate is mainly used for industrial hose and safety floor mats, which are used in the working environment.

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