Charge nurse, infection prevention and
control, Jo Stodart and consultant anaesthetist Dr Matthew
Jenks try out one of the new recycling bins for PVC hospital
Large amounts of PVC products, such as intravenous fluid
bags, oxygen masks and tubing, used by Dunedin hospital will
be recycled through a new pilot programme.
The PVC products usually end up in the general waste
collection and are sent to landfill.
But a group of hospital staff have started a pilot recycling
programme in the emergency department, main operating
theatre, post anaesthetic care and dialysis units.
''This is a great opportunity to recycle PVC, save money and
reuse a valuable resource, which is a win-win situation for
everyone,'' Dr Jenks said.
The programme had been set up in partnership with Baxter
Health Care Ltd, which supplied the board with PVC medical
The company ran recycling programmes in hospitals in
Australia and aimed to replicate that in New Zealand. It had
organised the purchase of collection bins and provided
information for hospital employees.
The waste would be transported by Advance Freight to Matta
Products in Otaki, where it would be turned into safety
surfacing for playgrounds and industrial applications.
''This is a fantastic scheme and we're hoping to eventually
roll this programme out to the whole of the DHB,'' Dr Jenks