Before/after intervention study to determine impact on life-cycle carbon footprint of converting from single-use to reusable sharps containers in 40 UK NHS trusts

Jacqueline Cutting's picture

Carbon footprint of single-use & reusable sharps

This open access BMJ article investigates the carbon footprint of converting from single-use to reusable sharps containers in 40 UK NHS trusts.
The study compared the global warming potential of hospitals converting from single-use to reusable sharps containers and highlighted the reduction in the sharps waste stream carbon footprint of 84%.

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What do you think?

Guy Wing's picture

Thanks for raising this discussion point Jacqueline, have you experienced using Sharpsmart containers and if so, why do you think re-usable containers are still only adopted by ~30% of NHS trusts in the UK?

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Eco friendly sharps and medical waste bins

Lynn Sproat's picture

hello,

Have any of you considered eco friendly medicine waste bins:  Medical Waste Bins for Safe & Eco-Friendly Disposal - Cullen

or Bio bins for non-sharp clinical waste container - Econix Ltd - Manufacturers of the Bio-bin, saving you money & the environment

Or the Sharps guard eco pharmi waste bin (made from recycled plastic) - https://www.daniels.co.uk/product-category/sharpsguard-pharmi/

 

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