JOINT WINNERS: KwikSweep and Axion Recycling
KwikSweep: With the growing trend towards use of on-demand services and rise of apps such as Deliveroo and Uber, KwikSweep developed an app to apply this simple model to waste management.
The app, for domestic and commercial clients, enables users to quickly and simply deal with waste with just a few taps. By redesigning the system through which customers can deal with waste, KwikSweep hopes to change attitudes to creating waste in the first place.
JUDGES’ COMMENT: “We were impressed with the potential for furthering waste avoidance by improved communications with the reuse market.”
Its system transforms what was previously a lengthy and inefficient process of paperwork and wasted time into a process that is no more complicated than the tap of a button.
It has also focused on developing the disposal process itself to ensure that waste is carefully sorted, with salvageable items like furniture offered to local trade, charity or community shops and centres – preventing usable items from being sent to landfill. What’s left is sorted into raw material streams or reusable components.
Axion Recycling: RecoMed is a unique UK-wide take-back scheme that recycles PVC used in healthcare.
Run by project partners Axion Consulting and the British Plastics Federation, the scheme supplies containers, communication materials and collections to participating NHS and private hospitals.
JUDGES’ COMMENT: “This showed great initiative in changing behaviour in a sector that is notoriously difficult to establish effective waste segregation at source.”
The scheme was set up in 2014 and funded by VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainability programme, as a proof of concept trial to provide a sustainable disposal route for waste medical items made from high-quality medical-grade PVC, such as anaesthetic face masks, post-operative oxygen masks, fluid administration sets and associated tubing.
To date, two tonnes of waste PVC has been collected. This has been recycled back into new goods, such as horticultural products, by specialists. Scope for development is huge if expanded to include single-use medical devices made from other polymers.
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