AIM TO GET MEDICAL FACILITIES TO RECYCLE

Article source: Mike Houlahan, Otago Daily Times

The health system throws an enormous amount of material away but a Christchurch firm is trying to get facilities, including two Dunedin hospitals, to consider recycling and reuse.


Medsalv’s genesis came when Oliver Hunt’s search for a master’s of engineering thesis topic coincided with a conversation with his surgeon uncle about the amount of waste created by the medical profession.


"I checked that there was a problem and an actual need, then went to the hospital and found a product for which I developed a process, and a year later we had our first purchase order," he said.


"The industry talks about the need for single-use products but in reality a lot of the time those products shouldn’t be ... A lot of it stems from the drive to make money, but ultimately that comes at a price to the planet."


Mr Hunt established that many medical devices are reusable but that they would require extensive testing to ensure that they are safe for use, a cost beyond the budget of many health providers.