Whether surgical instruments, syringes, bags, tubes, sterile packaging or implants - medical plastics are ubiquitous in hospitals and medical practices. The majority of these are disposable items - and they are being disposed immediately after only a few seconds of use in some cases.
Since many medical plastics are derived from a fossil, and therefore finite, source of crude oil, it is clear that it does not make sense to simply throw away plastic products after their use. But recycling is of course also sensible and possible with bioplastics.
Let's take a detailed look at the world of recycling in medical technology.