A Rubbish Project: Saving Money and Carbon Through a World First Recycling Innovation

14:50 - 15:10
25 April 2017

In November 2015, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board commenced a trial with Thermal Compaction Group (TCG) to collect and process polypropylene instrument wrap from HSDU for recycling.

This ‘world first’ project reverses the manufacturing process by applying carefully controlled heat to re-melt the wrap and converts it into a liquid that will flow into a mould cavity to create a block of material that is dense and sterile. The machine produces one 12 Kg block of sterilised polypropylene during each cycle with a volumetric reduction of 85%.

The Health Board can demonstrate a number of benefits in relation to the diversion of material from the clinical waste stream, while producing a commercial polymer with a commodity value. The St Woolos/Royal Gwent hospital is the first in the world to experience this type of technology and will lead to future projects to look at other plastic wastes produced in the healthcare environment. These will enhance savings within the hospitals waste sector while creating a worthwhile re-saleable plastic. Further plans are in process for collaboration with a major established Healthcare Supplier to look at creating the use of 3D printing technology directly from the hospitals own “plastic waste”.


  • Chris Davies Energy & Environmental Officer - Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
  • Peter White Waste and Environmental Manager - Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


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