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Care - Circular flows of plastic & textiles in healthcare

How can disposable products in healthcare be collected and recycled safely and sustainably? This project will conduct practical experiments that will form the basis for proposals on circular business models.

The healthcare sector is a major consumer of plastic disposable products, a high-quality stream that currently only goes to energy recovery. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 85% of the total waste stream from healthcare is non-hazardous and thus potentially suitable for recycling. 

The project aims to identify business models and product designs with the potential to promote separate collection and recycling of plastic and textiles from the healthcare sector.

Practical collection and recycling experiments of polypropylene (PP) will be conducted. Collection trials will take place in a number of selected departments at a hospital within Region Skåne. By conducting larger collection trials, the project will be able to evaluate real volumes of non-hazardous plastic as well as real quality assessment of the collected and recycled plastic, as well as gather information on actual costs for the separate handling of plastic going for recycling.

In addition to collection trials, a recycling trial of the collected plastic will be conducted with accompanying pre-wash. The recycled plastic will be evaluated for which products it can be used, and if possible, a prototype will be made. The evaluation of plastic quality from the recycling trial will form the basis for design proposals for better recycling of tested plastic products and for procurement guides. This will be done in close collaboration with medtech companies and regions.

An important result of the project is proposals for business models based on different scenarios. Thanks to the wide composition of partners in the project, almost all parts of the value chain are represented. The partners together with the information from the practical experiments will ensure that the business models have a real grounding and greater potential for implementation

Summary

Project name

Care

Status

Active

Region

Region Skåne, Västra Götaland Region

RISE role in project

Koordinator

Project start

Duration

18 månader

Total budget

1 591 000 SEK

Partner

Becton Dickinson Sweden AB, Borealis AB, Hammarplast Medical AB, Mölnlycke Health Care AB, Reelab AB, Rondo Plast AB, Region Skåne

Funders

Klimatledande Processindustri, Region Skåne

Coordinators

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
12. Responsible consumption and production
17. Partnerships for the goals
Jamilla Nilsson

Contact person

Jamilla Nilsson

Projektledare

+46 10 516 57 95

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Abhijit Venkatesh

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Abhijit Venkatesh

Forskare

+46 10 228 46 40

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