Zirq Solutions has developed a breakthrough innovation which enables the health sector to material recycle, rather than incinerate, their waste. Their technology may revolutionize the industry and the whole value chain; providing the pharma industry, hospitals as well as patient groups using products such as insulin pens, climate friendly solutions
The health sector emits 4,4% of global greenhouse gases annually, and if the sector were a country, it would be the 5th largest emitter on the planet. 71% of the emissions are connected to production, transport, and disposal of goods and services, meaning that the largest part of the emissions is connected to raw material usage and waste handling.
The health sector is a large producer and consumer of single use products, mainly consisting of plastics, metals and glass. Materials with a large footprint. In Europe 1,5 million tons of medical waste was incinerated or landfilled in 2018. The complexity of medical devices has hindered recycling. In addition, clinical risk waste is infectious and must be decontaminated before it can be material recycled.