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NHS Trusts interested in new medical waste treatment

Two NHS trusts are on the cusp of signing contracts to use a medical waste treatment system that incorporates revolutionary plastics recycling technology.

With medical waste traditionally hard to deal with, going down either the incineration or heat treatment route, Medical Waste Solutions (MWS) has developed a three stage process that it says is able to deal with 95% of the clinical waste stream.

The process sees all of the waste sterilised before being subjected to further temperature and pressure, creating a sterile, dry, condensed product. This material is then transported to a plastics manufacturer for use within the patented Powder Impression Moulding (PIM) process.

Environmental Polymer Technologies (EPT) Europe based in Wales, has recently acquired 3DM Europe Ltd and 3DM Group Ltd from 3DM Worldwide plc, who developed the PIM process.

MWSs system means that the condensed, dry and sterile waste can be used with mixed plastic waste polymers to create new products - eliminating the need for landfill.

It also gives hospitals the potential to deal with their waste without having to segregate it or alter collection systems, as the compact primary and secondary plant equipment is suitable for location within hospital sites.

Currently the first site that utilises this collaboration of technologies is in Bradford, with material then sent to undergo the PIM process in Wales.

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