TCG have developed a machine that can turn single waste plastic into new material
A Cardiff company believes it has the answer to recycling single use PPE and plastics.
In fact, their machines are already being used in hospitals in the UK, converting material such as disposable face masks and single use plastic hospital curtains and wraps into reusable plastic that can be made in  to items like bins.

Founder of the company, and managing director of TCG Solutions , Philip Davison-Sebry said the machines are an answer to single use plastic in general - not just surgical waste.
He said: "What was once going out to landfill, can now be turned into new material in Wales and the UK.
"A lot of companies are now looking to get their products from the UK, they want this recycled material for their products.
"The supply chain is being created out of waste," said the 63-year-old Cardiff business man.
Phil and Tom
Father and son duo Philp and Thomas with the product of the Massmelt machine heading to the US Navy

The machine he is talking about is called the Sterimelt. The way it works is single use disposable plastic used in hospitals, such as sterilisation tray wraps and drapes, are put into the machine, then using controlled patented thermal technology, they are melted into a solid block of plastic.
"As soon as there is enough material compacted down they will arrange with us to collect the material and we will bring it back to Cardiff," explained Philip's son, Thomas Davison-Sebry who works alongside his dad.
Blocks
The compact plastic blocks can then be reused to make items such as bins 

Disposable face masks, which have increased in use since the pandemic began, can also be mixed in with this material, providing a resolution to the growing waste of the single-use item.
The plastic blocks created by the machines can be repurposed, and are currently being made into bins which will eventually go back to the hospitals as collection bins, forming a full waste-cycle.
There is also potential for the material to be sold on the UK market, which is growing in demand, and used in 3D printing.
"This is going to be the answer. It is not just the face masks. It has a massive impact on the transportation of waste," said 28-year-old Thomas.
Because the plastic will be compacted by the time it is collected, more material can be placed onto a lorry, this means that less trips will have to be taken to remove single use plastic waste which weighs very little but takes up a lot of space.
Sterimelt
The Sterimelt machine will be installed on the new Grange Hospital site in Newport 

As well as the Sterimelt machine, the company also have a Styromelt machine, which recylcles and recovers single use disposable plastic polystyrene.
"A lot of people don't believe that polystyrene can be recycled, and it is because you can't recycle it on your curbside with your local council.
"The reason for that is that it just takes up too much room while it is weightless, so it costs too much to collect," explained Thomas.
The Styromelt machine reduces the volume of polystyrene by up to 90%, meaning it becomes more efficient to be transported, once again saving emissions on C02 due to less trips having to be made.
The company have recently sold their Sterimelt devices to seven hospitals in England, and the Sterimelt machine will also be in use at the new Grange Hospital in Newport.
Manchester University has also got a Styromelt machine on its city centre campus, and the company has just secured a contract with the US Navy for another piece of its tech, Massmelt.
Massmelt
The Massmelt machine heading to the US Navy 
Massmelt Log
(Image: Matthew Horwood)
Massmelt reduces any compactable waste by around 70%, meaning emissions are reduced when it is transported. It also means companies and other businesses that use these machines will save a lot of money.
"This is the kind of thing that can be used on cruise ships and stuff like festivals, it will reduce the emissions created by transporting waste," explained Thomas.
The company has humble beginnings, with Philip, who was born in Cathays starting work at the Cardiff docks as a teenager.
He then set up his first business at the age of 23.
"The technology was developed in the late 90s, in 1999 to 2000, it was invented by a man called David Scheeres.
"I bought him out in 2003 and it was a bit of a slow burn for a while.
"Over the years we came to invest in this new tech and we came up with the idea of processing the wrap in hospitals throughout the world.
"The tech was there in 2009, the problem we had then there wasn't much market for it, it was put on the back burner for a while.
"I invested a couple million in the tech back in 2016, and we have come on leaps and bounds to develop this since then.
The Cardiff company employ around 60 people in the city, but have partners across Europe and they are attracting customers from across the world.
As more and more people and businesses become conscious of plastic waste and single use plastics increase from the pandemic, Philip believes the "timing could not be better" for this technology to be rolled out to hospitals and other organisations across the world.

Article By Lydia Stephens Senior reporter

28 JAN 2021
 
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