Hi Labconscious folks!
We have received questions as to whether laboratory glove recycling services are available in Europe. The answer is yes! Terracycle Zero Waste Glove Boxes and Rightcycle by Kimberly-Clark have both recently brought their services to Europe. It is our mission to help scientists find ways to run the most efficient and environmentally friendly laboratories. If you are aware of other lab glove recycling services in Europe, please let us know so we can share the information!
As a point of interest, the map below shows the rates of overall municipal recycling in Europe - as per the Eurostat web site. The individual states with the highest recycling rates in the United States reach 30%.
Yes, laboratory glove recycling services are available in Europe!
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