Waste recycling project completed.
A pilot waste reduction and recycling project, developed at the
South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta, GA, in conjunction with
Kimberly-Clark Professional Health Care, Roswell, GA, has been
completed. The project reduced red bag waste in operating rooms by 41%
per procedure and helped the hospital minimize the amount of solid waste
to be landfilled. Following an initial survey of the hospital's
waste stream to determine possible areas of improvement, the project
outlined several waste recycling activities including general waste
recycling, infectious waste reduction efforts and an innovative
sterilization wrap recycling program.
The recycling of "Kimguard" sterile wrap, a 100%
polypropylene nonwoven material used in the wrapping of sterile
instrument trays, allowed the facility to reduce sterile wraps to only
1% of the hospital's total solid waste stream. The uncontaminated
material is collected, transported and stored safely within the facility
until being picked up by a recycling company, which bales and transports
the materials to a plastics reprocessing firm for use in the manufacture
of fence posts and parking lot bumper guards.