Did you know WHAT IS
Biotechnology and Life Sciences are contributing to the modernisation of European industry. They are used in a variety of industrial sectors such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals, animal health, textiles, chemicals, plastic, paper, fuel, food, and food processing.
Taking advantage of biotechnology helps the EU economy grow and provides new jobs, while also supporting sustainable development, public health, and environmental protection.
Biotechnology’s contribution to the EU economy
The main applications of biotechnology in the EU economy can be classified into three broad groups:
In healthcare and pharmaceutical applications, biotechnology has led to the discovery and development of advanced medicines, therapies, diagnostics, and vaccines. For example, biotechnological breakthroughs have created new medicines for patients suffering from growth diseases, metabolic diseases, multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
In agriculture, livestock, veterinary products, and aquaculture, biotechnology has improved animal feed, produced vaccines for livestock, and improved diagnostics for detecting diseases such as BSE, foot and mouth disease, and salmonella. It has also enabled the use of enzymes for more efficient food processing and improved the breeding of plants to obtain desired characteristics.
In industrial processes and manufacturing, biotechnology has led to the use of enzymes in the production of detergents, pulp and paper, textiles, and biomass. By using fermentation and enzyme biocatalysis instead of traditional chemical synthesis, higher process efficiency can be obtained, decreasing energy and water consumption. This leads to a reduction in toxic waste.
As a consulting firm, specialized in technical and legal procedures for Cosmetics, the Biosanitary and Medical devices industry, we have many services to offer to your project
As a consulting firm, specialized in technical and legal procedures for the Biosanitary and Medical Devices industry, M Camps GTF offer you technical services por Span and e EU territory.
Assessment and preparation of the required documentation to obtain the Parapharmacy National Codes, for further presentation to the General Council of Official Colleges of Pharmacists
How to effectively manage the recycling of masks?
The first thing to keep in mind when we are getting rid of a protective mask is to be aware: it is a product that can be potentially contaminated with COVID-19. And for this reason, it is very important that we recycle the masks in an aproppiate way.
In fact, today there are already many institutions that have published recommendations for the recycling and disposal of protective masks. Among them, some entities of great prestige in the health field, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) or the spanish agency AEMPS have given their opinion.
However, it seems for now that all experts have their own opinion about what's the best way to manage mask waste.
Some basic recommendations on mask recycling
GTF M. Camps wants to highlight, among all the recommendations published by the main national and international health authorities about protective masks recycling, the following advices:
- It is advisable to leave the masks in a safe place for 24 hours before throwing them into the trash container, for example inside a waste bag. This mainly serves to allow anyone who has to handle garbage to be safer at all times.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends throwing them away in a suitable trash container, immediately after use and not reusing them.
- Before putting protective masks them in a waste container, it is advisable to cut the two rubber bands that hold the mask around the ears. In this way you will be able to avoid that, if this mask ends up unintentionally in our seas and oceans, it does not behave like a trap net for the animals that inhabit them.
- You have to remove the mask by grabbing its two elastic strips and then fold it so that the outside is facing inside.
- By cutting the rubber bands you will contribute to the protection of marine fauna
- Putting the masks in their own plastic bag, within the waste residues, increases the safety of the person who is going to manage this waste.
Recyclable or non-recyclable? WHO recommendations
Surgical masks are made of a polypropylene non-woven fabric, produced from ethylene, which is a chemical compound derived from petroleum or natural gas. An d it is a type of plastic that is very difficult to destroy. And that, therefore, harmful to the environment.
What does the WHO recommend regarding the recycling of masks?
- How does polypropylene affect the recycling / disposal of masks?
Polypropylene is a type of plastic that takes around 450 years to break down. Therefore, our collaboration in the correct use in its disposal is vital. Both for the population as a whole and for our planet.
- What does the WHO recommend doing with masks?
Some people wonder if it is appropriate to put the masks in the recyclable waste container and the answer is no: this could put the health of garbage collectors and other workers in the recycling industry at risk.
What are the options for getting rid of face masks?
- The best option is, without a doubt, to deposit the masks in a container of sanitary waste.
- And if that option is not viable -which is the most common-, the best option is to deposit them in the waste container (gray container).
- It is not recommended in any case to deposit them in the plastic container (yellow container).