Ecolab introduces Genesys, a new line of plastic drapes and waste bags featuring technology that speeds the breakdown of material into primary organic matter when disposed of in biologically active landfills. The products do not need to be separated from other waste material.

“Hospitals are making meaningful commitments to protect the health of their communities by becoming better stewards of the environment,” said Andrew Gaillard, Ecolab Global Healthcare’s vice president of marketing. “The Genesys line of surgical drapes and waste bags are designed to help hospitals protect patients and staff from infections acquired in the operating room, and achieve environmental goals without changing current clinical practices.”

It is an accepted fact that petrochemical-derived plastics, such as polyethylene, which are used in most surgical equipment drapes and waste bags, do not biodegrade. Genesys products use a proprietary organic additive that enhances the plastic’s ability to absorb moisture, attract microbes and facilitate conversion into primary organic matter and gas. The plastics break down up to 35 percent in 21 months when tested according to the American Society for Testing and Materials D5511 test.

A recent report by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation working toward a high-performing healthcare system, found that health facilities create 6,600 tons of waste each day, much of which is transported to landfills. Operating rooms account for about 33 percent of all hospital supply, energy and waste costs.

For more information on the Genesys line, visit www.ecolab.com/genesys or call 800-824-3027.