The TakeAway Recycle System is a sustainable solution designed to recycle single-use medical devices that are normally destined for the landfill. The TakeAway Recycle System is compliant with OSHA and DOT.
Don’t trash single-use medical devices — recycle them
Avoid infection by avoiding reprocessed devices
Prepaid return system meets DOT requirements for safe transportation
Solution designed to comply with OSHA requirements
SUDs that are normally destined for reprocessing, the landfill, or treatment as medical waste are collected in the operating room or sterile processing department and then shipped by common carrier for recycling.
Primary collection containers can be used for collection of devices in the operating room or in sterile processing.
Everything necessary to properly package containers for DOT-compliant shipping and recycling of metals and plastics.
Our process uses plastics as a fuel source for generating electricity and extracts the metals for recycling.
Healthcare facilities are becoming more concerned about reprocessing SUDs (devices intended for one use and use on a single patient during a single procedure). Studies have found a significant rate of physical defects, performance issues, or improper decontamination associated with reprocessing of SUDs.* According to the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, "The use of a reprocessed single-use device provides no direct benefit to an individual patient or her physician."
*"Reprocessed Single-Use Devices." The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Number 537, October 2012
Cost-savings and environmental concerns have led to the practice of single-use medical device reprocessing. However, with increased focus on patient-centered care and accountability, recycling is quickly becoming the preferred method of managing SUDs.
Most single-use devices are composed of plastics and metals that can be converted into reusable materials. Devices that are normally destined for the landfill can now be collected and then shipped for sustainable management.