Every year people with medial conditions use 3 billion syringes to self inject. Government regulations require those syringes to be disposed of safely with companies like like Sharps Compliance, although unfortunately the end game for syringes is usually the landfill. All that may change, however — Sharps Compliance has created a new product from discarded syringes called PELLA-DRX, that can be integrated with other substances to create building materials like cement, reducing Sharps Compliance’s landfill use by 100%!

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Because medical devices like syringes, needles and lancets are dangerous — and can harbor blood borne illnesses — they are placed in special sharps containers and sent away to be properly disposed of. Sharps Compliance realized that if sanitized and ground up, the previously hazardous waste could be repurposed and mixed with any number of materials to create roadways, park benches and high-rise structures.

Cutting down on the amount of virgin material in things like cement could do wonders for the world and reduce climate change, since making cement is a dirty business. If proved strong enough PELLA-DRX could diminish the amount of cement needed for construction products and cut down on the amount of hazardous waste in the landfill. All the while saving money for Sharps Compliance by eliminating their dumping fees.


Via Fast Company