Up to 80% of the waste generated in medical and hospital facilities is non-hazardous, but is often sterilised, shredded, incinerated or landfilled.
Plastics in medical products, such as capsule blister packs, disposable syringes, tablets, some prostheses, intravenous fluid tubes, blood bags, most valves and catheters, contribute to sustaining human life. However, the rate of hospital and medical waste generation has increased in all communities around the world, mainly due to the increase in the number of patients admitted to hospitals. The COVID-19 crisis has complicated the management of medical waste and increased the volume of plastic waste.
One estimate shows that at least 5.2 million people (including 4 million children) die each year from waste-related diseases. Globally, the amount of municipal waste generated doubled in 2000 and may quadruple by 2025.
Converting sanitary waste into heat and electricity with minimal emissions is a viable alternative, using the transformation processes of the REVALUO system.