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*References*
Corse, T. et. al. 2020. Using Ebola as a Lens to Examine Medical Waste Sterilization. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/wmh3.164
Fletcher, C. 2020. What happens to waste PPE during the coronavirus pandemic? https://theconversation.com/what-happens-to-waste-ppe-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-137632
Jove Education. 2020. Proper use of autoclaves. https://www.jove.com/science-education/10381/proper-use-of-autoclaves
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Windfeld et al. 2015. Medical waste: a review. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479715302176?via%3Dihub
**Recyclable**
Julia: Community-based plastics recycling (such as through the Precious Plastics platform) and community-based PPE production. We could look specifically at Polypropylene as it can be used in autoclaves
Nikhil: I've been thinking the same thing, PP is shockingly under recovered (graphic from Jawad A. Bhatti's thesis, attached); there is currently a company, Purecycle, pursuing an industrial project to fix this problem and in the EU there is an organization, Demeto, that has a similar focus. On a smaller scale, one project I found relevant is the attached paper on Recycled Polypropylene Filament. Fab labs tend to gravitate to the reuse of materials and could become good sites to recycle/upcycle material - filament cost can be significant to some people, and the prospect of "free" filament could be a good incentive. There are a number of technical challenges, but, from a medical waste perspective, the first one is probably: can fab labs handle waste safely and sanitarily?
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Took some time this weekend to check out our Filabot at A2, and it looks like we might be able to retrofit it for a potential PP recycling use case.
**Biodegradable**
Brainstorming topic: Some bioplastics are antimicrobial, and could be used for textiles. However, it is uncertain whether these would be appropriate barrier materials, and how biodegradability would be managed after end of life.
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