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Virtual Engineering Week is bringing a full week of best-in-class education to the global design, engineering, and manufacturing communities. Join us each morning to hear from medical device industry professionals during the Medtech Mornings series, and in the afternoons to learn from engineering and manufacturing experts in areas like 3D printing, smart manufacturing, packaging, materials and sustainability, and career development.

All times listed below are PST (Pacific Standard Time).

Recycling & Circularity in Healthcare Plastics

Peylina Chu  (Executive Director, Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council)

Nick Packet  (MD&M Specialist, Packaging Engineer, Dupont)

Bob Render  (Business Development Manager Sustainability, Ravago)

Date: Thursday, December 3

Time: 9:00 am - 9:30 am

Track: MedTech Mornings: Medical Materials

Vault Recording: TBD

Healthcare facilities in the United States generate 14,000 tons of waste per day, most of which ends up in a landfill or an incinerator. Plastic products and packaging compose around 20 to 25 percent of that volume, and 85 percent of the hospital waste generated is non-hazardous (i.e. free from patient contact and contamination). Through technical consortiums like the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) the industry is working to improve the recyclability of these materials and engaging practices of the Circular Economy.

Listen in as healthcare packaging and plastics experts discuss:

  • Opportunities on the horizon that could enable the recycling of healthcare and medical device packaging waste
  • Challenges and opportunities for using post-consumer recycled (PCR) and post-industrial recycled (PIR) content in healthcare applications
  • Pressing regulatory, technical, infrastructure, and economic barriers to recycling and promoting circularity in healthcare plastics