State Grant Funds Medical Plastics Recycling

B. Braun and Lehigh Valley Health Network’s pilot program aims to reduce plastic and packaging waste from hospitals.

Kassandra Kania, Freelance Writer

November 2, 2022

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B. Braun Medical Inc. and Lehigh Valley Health Network are one step closer to developing a sustainable, circular economy for medical plastic waste, thanks to a $72,500 state grant secured by Pennsylvania Senator Pat Browne.

The project will target scrap materials generated by B. Braun’s medical device manufacturing plant in Hanover Township, PA, and high-volume plastics, such as packaging materials, non-PVC IV bags, disposable gowns and masks, and irrigation bottles used at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest.

Both companies are working with PureCycle Technologies, which uses a patented technology to separate color, odor, and any other contaminants from certain non-hazardous plastic waste feedstock to transform it into virgin-like recycled polypropylene.

The pilot project is scheduled to begin in early 2023.

About the Author(s)

Kassandra Kania

Freelance Writer

Kassandra Kania is a freelance writer based in Charlotte, NC. She has written extensively about healthcare packaging for a variety of publications.

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