PVCMed Alliance has been shortlisted for the Tomorrow’s Care Awards 2020. The Tomorrow’s Care Awards celebrate the most innovative products and services in the healthcare industry and is organised by the web magazine Tomorrow’s Care.
The magazine cites the successful VinylPlus®-funded RecoMed recycling scheme in the UK where used PVC-medical devices are collected and recycled. By showing that medical devices can be safely recycled, RecoMed and PVCMed Alliance have succeeded in connecting the healthcare sector to the circular economy debate.
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 incineration.
PVCMed Alliance is actively working to promote recycling projects around the world. Read more about the different projects.
You can vote until 13 March 2020.