Dialysis company gets the recycling bug
Going green took on a whole new definition when Denver-based DaVita said it planned to launch a dialyzer recycling pilot that will turn dialyzer waste into new products for the medical technology manufacturer Becton, Dickinson and Co.
A waste management company will “recover” the waste that is recyclable from DaVita, a provider of kidney-care services, and that waste will be used by BD to make new products, according to a news release.
The new program aims to offset 350,000 pounds of dialyzer waste from 106 DaVita dialysis clinics in Southern California, in part by recycling sharps waste, which includes syringes and needles, into sharps containers that are expected to be used in the same facilities. It also plans to test the viability of recycling the hard plastic from the dialyzers to find out if they can be turned into new products.