A pilot recycling program in Australian hospitals has recycled 33,000 pounds of PVC waste into industrial hoses and non-slip floor mats.

The ‘PVC Recovery in Hospitals’ program, sponsored by the Vinyl Council of Australia in collaboration with manufacturers, involves six hospitals in two states, with a further two hospitals in the early stages of implementation.

Although the amount of products recycled remains relatively low, the Vinyl Council of Australia believes that rates will pick up quickly now that educational packets have been sent to participating hospitals: hospital trials show that educating staff is crucial in making PVC recycling programs in hospitals a success.

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