Use reverse vending with medical waste
Barts Health NHS Trust were the first to develop a renal revending machine, based on a reverse vending machine, which allows renal staff to crush and help recycle all their empty virgin plastic bottles generated from patients’ renal dialysis.
Half a tonne of 6-litre renal waste bottles were being generated each month by Barts Health NHS Trust.Source
- Compacts bottles that cannot be crushed flat in normal rubbish compactors
- Saves money in lower waste transport costs
- Meets waste handling regulations
- Potential for earning revenue from plastic as all virgin and one material
- Costs involved for the reverse vending machine, but estimated to be cost-neutral in one year
- Does not tackle the use of the plastic in the first place
- Income generation depends on the market for recycled plastic
Making a difference
Implented across two sites, the staff using these two machines have helped us recycle nearly 15 tonnes of virgin high-density polyethylene plastic per year.