Single-use materials from medical settings often require specific treatment to dispose of responsibly and reduce risks. However, extracting materials to reuse proves to be a more difficult task, making recycling materials challenging. Medisort has collaborated with the University of Brighton to make this process simpler, helping to reduce strain on non-renewable resources.
Medisort collects, processes and disposes of healthcare waste including single-use instruments, sharps, medicinal waste and absorbent hygiene products from a range of customers.
The company aims to deliver a bespoke service to all customers which maximises segregation, ensures full compliance, delivers cost reductions and reduces environmental impact.
The project aims to develop waste treatment and material recovery processes, enhancing segregation and recyclability of bulk offensive waste materials from the healthcare sector. The work with the University of Brighton looks to embed microbiology, biomaterials and analytical chemistry expertise to develop waste treatment and material recovery processes to facilitate the development of novel products from bulk offensive waste, reducing disposal costs and valorising waste materials.
“Medisort’s engagement with KTP and The University of Brighton has achieved so much more than just progressing soiled nappy recycling, it has changed our attitude to continual learning, research and process development.”
Stuart Brittle, Managing Director – Medisort
The project is still ongoing and is expected to run until Spring 2022.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are a dynamic three-way collaboration between a business or not for profit organisation, one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases, and a suitably qualified graduate.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are funded by a grant to the university from Innovate UK and other government co-funders, and a cash contribution from the business involved. The programme is delivered by Knowledge Transfer Network, a network partner of Innovate UK.
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