VINNOVA, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, has allocated €60.000 for the project. PVCMed, who is co-financing the project with € 6.000, will partner with the Stockholm City Council, the Västra Götaland Region, the Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Ineos, Chalmers Technological University and the Swedish Plastics Federation, among others, to complete the project which initially runs from 1 May 2013 until 31 January 2014. If the first phase is proven to be successful a second, longer phase, will then start up.
The healthcare industry generates quite a lot of plastic waste. Over 40% of all plastic-based disposables medical devices are made from PVC. The aim of the project is to investigate how this fraction of medical waste can best be recycled.