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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.
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Title Annotation:South Georgia Medical Center project with Kimberley Clark Corp. Professional Health Care Div.
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Nov 1, 1992
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