Rolando Alvarado Anchisi

C.E.O. and Founder, R. Alvarado Anchisi, MD

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Plastic recycling plants in hospitals.

As a physician, I learned that patients come first. Everything we use is brand new, sterilized and in optimum conditions. It took me five years to find out where everything goes: to a landfill or to an incinerator. Why? Most plastics in hospitals are polypropelene or high density polyethelene. They can be cheaply processed to be used again in other things, such as trash bins.
A group of friends and I, made and effort to start a business, locally at first, called Medical Waste Management (mwmpanama). What's your take on this?

  • May 25 2011: I think this sounds like a great idea! I recently learned about a technology for eliminating wastes. It does not off-gas, pollute the air or create toxic or harmful waste. This is called plasma-gasification. Have you heard of it? There is a plant in the capital city of Florida in the U.S. It is not based on incineration, but uses plasma technology to turn waste into plasma and then through a cooling process fuels including jet and deisel can be extracted. The plant is completely energy self-sufficient after its first two days of operation. I think this is a technology that needs to be spread throughout the world as a solution for dealing with the stores of trash. I also believe that ideas such as yours will be of tremendous help in stemming the tide of plastic trash washing about in our oceans while we all awaken to the need for a more permanent solution to plastic- refuse it for all but absolutely life saving needs.
    Thank you for your efforts to confront the challenges of a world full of plastics.