Laboratory products and services provider VWR has launched a recycling program to divert single-use garments from landfills.
VWR’s “Gown Up, Give Back” campaign allows the company’s US customers to recycle a variety of single-use garments purchased from VWR. The plastic waste from these garments is recycled into resin that is used to make permanent infrastructure including composite decking, railroad ties and drainage pipes.
Similar to VWR’s pipet tip box recycling program, this new program provides a waste collection, shipment and recycling for most single-use garments as long as they are free from contamination and purchased from VWR.
VWR “From the Lab Bench to the Park Bench” program has helped to divert more than 230,000 pipet tip boxes, equal to 40,000 pounds of waste, from landfills since it started two years ago. The plastic waste collected in the US and Canada for this program is pelletized and converted into park benches and other products.
Last year Kimberly-Clark Professional introduced a large-scale recycling effort for nontraditional cleanroom waste such as cleanroom garments, gloves, hoods, boot covers and hairnets. At the time, the company said it was the first large-scale recycling effort for this type of waste.