Keeping a hospital running generates a lot of waste. Today, however, too many valuable products are destroyed by incineration. This is mainly due to the lack of intelligent return logistics, both in terms of collection, sorting and transfer to processors for reuse and recycling.
With this project, we want to investigate and demonstrate that reverse logistic processes can be implemented to collect, sort and recycle materials considered as waste in a more targeted way.
Specifically, we have divided the project into four subprojects and focused on four waste streams: the selective collection of non-contaminated sterilisation towels, the collection and drying of coffee grounds, the selective collection of medical glass that can be taken out of the RMA flow, and the recycling of PET cleaning towels.
At the same time, we also want to use the social economy in this project. In this way, we can demonstrate that the employment of vulnerable groups is perfectly possible in the transition to a circular economy, and even more so: their involvement and enthusiasm are a crucial link in the implementation of these reverse logistics processes.
Partners EnAdviS bvba, UZ Leuven, Oostrem vzw, VIL vzw
Our sub-project on the homogenisation of non-contaminated sterilisation towels will certainly continue, thanks to the large number of active associations. The sales potential of the recycled material is also considerable. Moreover, this successful project invites us to think about how we can selectively collect other high-quality streams. For example, a limited number of hospitals have already started the selective collection of trays.
Due to the available sales markets and the easy upscaling, the project for the collection of coffee crates will also be continued.
With regard to the collection of medical glass, we want to continue searching for a possible alternative on the basis of the knowledge we have gained.
Finally, the sub-project on PET cleaning cloths will also continue.