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Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust recycling disposable face masks
THE problem of solving the disposable face mask mountain is being tackled by Cornwall's hospitals after use went from 300 a day in 2019 to 10,000 a day in 2020.
All masks at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals are destined for incineration and it’s a problem across the UK and the world; as the pandemic has grown, so has the use of disposable surgical face masks.
Covid-19 Plastic Waste: U.K. Hospitals Are Recycling Disposable PPE
The Covid-19 pandemic has created a mountain of plastic waste, as healthcare workers don new personal protective equipment every day in the fight against the disease.
The U.K. government alone has sent out more than a billion type IIR masks—the kind most commonly used in healthcare settings—to providers since the start of the pandemic.
The UK Government says it will introduce at least one long-term target in four priority areas to ‘drive significant and lasting environmental improvements’: cleaner air, cleaner water, less waste and more biodiversity.
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust's Sustainability Officer, Natalie Roddis, has written up some very interesting facts in relation to sterile barrier materials, such as sterilisation wrap and re-usable linen, that cover instrument trays used in over 4 million operations a year.
TCG have launched their new introduction video for Sterimelt. This show's how Sterimelt begins the circular economy procees of sustainably recycling single use disposable plastics used in the healthcare sector across the world.
You can view the new video here: