Plastics Recycling in Hospitals and Home Dialysis

Project Description

The ‘Plastics Recycling in Hospitals’ project is a multi-stakeholder initiative by BCSD Malaysia. It aims to collect non-contaminated high-quality used Plastics medical products for recycling into useful secondary raw material to be used for the manufacturing of new products.

Plastics account for about one third of a hospital’s general waste, most of which is sent to incinerators or landfills in Malaysia. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is widely used in healthcare in IV fluid bags, tubing, oxygen and masks. PVC is identified on products or packaging by the Plastics Identification Code ‘3’. It is estimated that PVC represents 25% hospital plastic waste.

Each tonne of recycled PVC will replace about one tonne of virgin PVC compound in new products, consuming 80% less energy and reducing carbon emission.

This initiative is based on the program successfully supported by BAXTER and implemented by the Vinyl Council of Australia which began as a pilot at Western Health in Victoria in 2009 and has since grown to encompass over 230 hospitals across Australia and New Zealand.
Do not hesitate to get in touch if you wish to get involved and contribute.
Click the image below to see the PVC Recycling Poster for Hospital Staff.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do I get any benefit from Jom Recycle Program?

Yes, you do get benefits from joining this program. Although it’s not monetary.
these are 3 BIG BENEFITS below:-

  1. 1. Reduce waste and pollution: Medical plastics used in healthcare facilities and home-based therapy create a large amount of plastic waste. Jom Recycle program helps to reduce landfill waste and plastic pollution in our environment.
  2. 2. Turning waste into resources: This Plastics Recycling in Homecare program aims to collect high-quality, used PVC medical products for recycling into useful new products.
  3. 3. Positive environment impact: Instead of throwing to the dustbin and some used PD bags were seen disposed of in drainage by irresponsible users and led to environmental impact. By Joining the program, you can reduce half of the plastic waste going to the landfill. You can do your part at home in making a cleaner and healthier environment for yourself, future generations, and the planet.

No Cost involved.
There is no cost involved from your side. The Jom Recycle Program might offer convenient collection methods, making recycling easier in your homecare. We need your help to actively make a change and make Malaysia a better place to live for our future generation!

How to join Jom Recycle Program?

Kindly speak to your doctor and nurse about the enrolment. You can also visit to register for the program.

What I will get upon registered the program?

Upon successful enrolment, you will receive a 12-gallon recycle bin and a welcome kit with a certificate of appreciation, a scissor , recycle bin,plastic liner and cable ties x 10 each. This item will be delivered by Zuellig Pharma’s delivery driver together with your monthly PD supply We sincerely appreciate every little step that you commit, and we thank you for being part of this meaningful initiative!

I stay at Klang Valley, do I need to pay for the Jom Recycle Program?

Joining this program is free. No payment is required to join the program, however, you will have to meet the criteria below:

  1. 1. Patients who live in the Klang Valley and are on the Baxter dialysis system.
  2. 2. Patients whose living space permits ease of storage and collection.
  3. 3. Motivated patients who have completed the post-training assessment.

When can I start to collect the recycled PVC bags?

You may start to collect your clean dialysate bags once you receive a 12-gallon recycle bin and a welcome kit with a certificate of appreciation, a scissor, plastic liner, and cable ties x 10 each from the Zuellig Pharma Delivery driver.

What should I do if I don’t receive the recycle bin post registering the program?

Please call Zuellig Pharma Homecare customer team at 03-55662002 for any enquiry.

What happens if I put unrecycled items into the recycle bin?

Do not place items other than rinsed, clean dialysate bags into the recycle bin. This will be considered contaminated if you place other items into the recycle bin and are not able to be processed by the recycler partner.

You may take it out before you hand it over to the delivery driver as soon as you notice other recycled items in the recycle bin.

Do I need to use soap to clean and dry it under the sun for the PVC bags?

According to the Jom Recycle brochure with Simple 5 steps, you do not need to use soap to clean and dry it under the sun, you just:-
– Drain the fresh dialysate bag, and rinse the bag with clean water.
– Flatten it before placing it into the plastic bin liner in the recycle bin.

What should I do when the delivery driver delivers my PD supply and collection at the same time?

With the supervision of the collector, secure the bin liner recycle bin with a cable tie. Hand it over to the delivery driver. The collection happened when the Zuellig Pharma delivery driver delivered your regular PD supply.

What should I do if the delivery driver does not collect my recycled plastic?

Please call the Zuellig Pharma Homecare customer team at 03-55662002 immediately.

What should I do if I run out of Recycle bin liner and cable tie?

Please call the Zuellig Pharma Homecare customer team at 03-55662002 and the Homare Care team will arrange it together with your monthly PD supply.

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