*No single healthcare individual exerts a greater impact on the environment than does a dialysis patient." Based on a mean of 2.75 kg disposable waste = currently directed to landfill or incineration, the minimum global waste generation by Hemodialysis is 2.75 kg x 156 (annual number of annual patient treatments) x 2,106,000 = 903,474,000 kg/year.
90% of the medical waste generated from a dialysis treatment are the dialyzers an bloodlines used to filter the blood. A machine that is currently available in the market can steam sterilize and grind the product into a "confetti" reducing the volume by 80%. Once in this state, the "confetti" will be processed into a plastic resin and used to make industrial products such as plastic pallets, medical waste containers, or boards to construct decks, or buildings.
We are 12 weeks into a "proof-of-concept" on processing the dialysis medical waste through a machine that is about the size of a washing machine. The machine steam sterilizes and grinds the product into a confetti reducing the volume by 80%.
In parallel, we are in collaboration with the University UMASS Lowell to develop a process to make a homogeneous blend from the sterilized confetti. The blend would be pelletized and used to injection mold or extrude it into industrial products such as pallets or plastic tote bins.
*Dr. John Agar on September 10th, 2014