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Bandages and syringes to be turned into hoarding boards

A North East-based company is to transform the treatment of clinical waste in the UK after developing a unique system which recycles 90% of the waste stream. Medical Waste Solutions (MWS), which is based in Stockton, has created a system with the potential to significantly reduce the 200,000 tonnes of clinical waste landfilled or incinerated in this country every year. It uses rotary autoclave technology called a rotoclave, which first sterilises and shreds the waste before producing a dense material. Managing director Charles Everson said: Up to 90% of clinical waste arising in hospital can be recycled. This includes bandages, swabs and syringes, not contaminated with medicines. The only thing we do not do is human tissue, radioactive and medicine waste. After it has been sterilised we shred it up and it becomes a mixture of textiles, paper and detailed plastics. The densification process binds all the materials together to form a plastic. This is then sent to a plastic manufacturer who can then turn the material into hoarding boards that go around building sites. Backed by funding from NorthStar Equity Investors (NSEI), the company has landed its first contract with Nottingham University Hospitals. The deal will enable MWS to build its first plant, which is expected to be in operation next year. It will have the capacity to handle up to 4,500 tonnes of clinical waste per year. We are producing for the first time commercially usable products from waste that was previously landfilled, incinerated and generally regarded as too difficult to recycle. It is a non-burn technology so carbon dioxides and other harmful emissions are considerably cut, said Everson. We believe there is significant demand in the UK for this service. For hospitals and other producers of clinical waste the advantages are numerous, it means they can recycle their waste easily, safely and reliably. Image: (Left to right) Alex Buchan of Northstar Equity Investors with Charles Everson of MWS

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