The TakeAway Recycle System is a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly solution designed to recycle single-use medical devices that are normally destined for either reprocessing or the landfill. The TakeAway Recycle System is compliant with OSHA and DOT.

TakeAway Recycle System

Minimize Waste Stream!

Don’t trash single-use medical devices — recycle them

Save Money!

Eliminate costs associated with reprocessing

Avoid Liability!

Avoid infection by avoiding reprocessed devices

Meets DOT Standards

Prepaid return system meets DOT requirements for safe transportation

OSHA Compliant

Solution designed to comply with OSHA requirements

how it works

SUDs that are normally destined for reprocessing, the landfill, or treatment as medical waste are collected in the operating room or sterile processing department and then shipped by common carrier for recycling.


Primary collection containers can be used for collection of devices in the operating room or in sterile processing.


Everything necessary to properly package containers for DOT-compliant shipping and recycling of all materials is included.


All single-use medical devices are appropriately decontaminated, and components are properly recycled to return materials to their basic component.

Recylce Single-Use Medical Devices

Why Recycle Single-Use Medical Devices

Healthcare facilities are becoming more concerned about reprocessing SUDs (devices intended for one use and use on a single patient during a single procedure). Studies have found a significant rate of physical defects, performance issues, or improper decontamination associated with reprocessing of SUDs.* According to the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, "The use of a reprocessed single-use device provides no direct benefit to an individual patient or her physician."

*"Reprocessed Single-Use Devices." The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Number 537, October 2012

Single-Use Medical Devices
  • SUDs are not designed with reuse in mind.
  • Reprocessing SUDs can increase potential for patient infection.
  • Reprocessed SUDs are often disassembled and parts are exchanged: resulting in compromised functionality of the devices.
  • Common materials used in SUDs are often a combination of metals and plastic, which is difficult to sterilize without causing changes to the materials. These changes may result in an inability to validate the devices for reuse.

Cost-savings and environmental concerns have led to the practice of single-use medical device reprocessing. However, with increased focus on patient-centered care and accountability, recycling is quickly becoming the preferred method of managing SUDs.

What Can Be Collected?

Almost all single-use medical devices are composed of materials that can be recycled. Using the TakeAway Recycle System ensures that all of the collected materials are processed down to their basic commodities.


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What is TakeAway Recycle System?

This environmentally-friendly system is designed to recycle single-use devices that are normally destined for either reprocessing, the landfill, or treatment as medical waste. Systems consist of collection containers, everything necessary to properly package containers for DOT-compliant shipping and recycling of all materials, and a pre-addressed, prepaid return shipping box.

What items are not allowed in the collection containers?

DO NOT place mercury or lead-containing devices, medical waste, disposable sharps, such as syringes and scalpels, drugs, liquid, glass, or hazardous waste materials, such as chemotherapeutic agents into this System.

What happens when the system is ready to return?

Once a collection container is filled, the container will be placed in the provided plastic liner/bag. The container will then be placed inside of its pre-addressed, prepaid return shipping box. Once all of the collection containers (two or three depending on the system) are placed in the shipping box, customers can hand the properly-packaged system to their UPS driver or call Sharps Customer Support to schedule complimentary pickup.

How are the items recycled?

Once the TakeAway Recycle Systems are received at our facility we inspect the systems and record the serial numbers and weights. All devices are appropriately decontaminated following all OSHA safety standards and CDC guidelines. Individual components are routed to the proper recycler. Plastics are treated through the Sharps Compliance patent-pending Waste Conversion Process with the end product being used to generate electricity. Batteries and electronics are recovered and processed by certified recyclers. Hardware and other metals are recovered and processed by recycling facilities for reuse as raw material.

Is the use of the system limited to a specific manufacturer of SUD?

No, this system can be used to dispose of SUDs manufactured by any company.

Where can the system be used?

The TakeAway Recycling System can be used in the operating room (OR) or can be maintained in sterile processing department (SPD) for device collection.

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The reprocessing of SUDs is legally permissible in the United States under the FD&C Act. Currently, only Class I and II SUD device types have been cleared by FDA for reprocessing. No Class III SUDs have been cleared/approved for reprocessing.

Third party or hospital reprocessors should comply with requirements pertaining to: registration and listing, medical device reporting, medical device tracking, medical device corrections and removals, the quality system regulation, labeling, and pre-market submission. Essentially, third party firms and hospitals reprocessing SUDs are placed in the same regulatory framework as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).