Waste management of health products
For obvious hygiene reasons, i.e. body fluid contamination and the risk of infection, the most typical disposal route for used medical devices is incineration.
In today’s incinerators, dioxin formation from PVC is not a problem, as strict limits on dioxin emissions have been set under European Union Directive 2000/76/EC, one of several EU laws on dioxins, environment and health.
However, PVC products which have not been in contact with body fluids can be recycled, as demonstrated by the successful RecoMed initiative in the U.K.