26 Oct '11, 6pm

Medical sharps: An untapped recycling resource?

Medical sharps: An untapped recycling resource?

The following is an op-ed piece by Mike McInerney, vice president of Waste Management Healthcare Solutions. It does not describe the views or opinions of Earth911. Photo: SXC.hu Find your local recycling solution for medical sharps How often have you visited the doctor, or had blood drawn, and noticed the nurse drop your syringe or lancet into a box labeled “biohazard?” Consider this: Americans generate 6,600 tons of waste each day and 10 to 15 percent of those used materials include biohazard waste like sharps and syringes. Now, imagine there was a way to sterilize and renew the plastics and metal that make up those tons of used, dangerous sharp materials. That’s just what Waste Management and BD did. Used medical sharps are commonly incinerated or treated and discarded in landfills, but new technology has made it possible – and practical – to recycle those sharps. I beca...

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