The PVC Recycling in Hospitals program, developed by the Vinyl Council of Australia and sponsored by medical device OEM Baxter Healthcare, provides one pathway to effective recycling of the most widely used plastic in healthcare settings, PVC.
Kim Holmes, Vice President of Sustainability for the Plastics Industry Association (Washington, DC), was impressed by the turnout and the acknowledgement of speakers that “industry is backing meaningful solutions” for the plastic waste problem.
The polymers are made from feedstock derived from low-quality, mixed-use plastic waste that would otherwise be incinerated or sent to a landfill. Unilever and other strategic customers will use the materials to develop consumer packaging.
Many of its member companies are part of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, which “is driving forward a major initiative that has set realistic and obtainable goals,” said the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (Irving, TX).