A solution for recycling of single-use medical devices.

TakeAway Recycle System

The TakeAway Recycle System is a sustainable solution designed to recycle single-use medical devices that are normally destined for the landfill. The TakeAway Recycle System is compliant with OSHA and DOT.

Minimize Waste Stream!

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

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.

Collect

Single Collection Container

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

Package

TakeAway Recycle Return System

Everything necessary to properly package containers for DOT-compliant shipping and recycling of metals and plastics.

Recycle

Don't Trash - Recycle Instead

Our process uses plastics as a fuel source for generating electricity and extracts the metals for recycling.

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

TakeAway Recycle System
  • 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?

Most single-use devices are composed of plastics and metals that can be converted into reusable materials. Devices that are normally destined for the landfill can now be collected and then shipped for sustainable management.

Medical Devices for Recycling Spec Sheet

Request More Information

Request more information on the recycling of single-use medical devices with our TakeAway Recycle System.

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).