Dial­y­sis com­pany gets the re­cy­cling bug

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

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.

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