What to do with empty boxes?

#1

Has anyone found a way to dispose of the empty boxes from the peritoneal dialysis supplies other than
recycling? Any market for those?

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#2

These boxes are super sturdy, and great for folks who are moving, and someone is ALWAYS moving. Look in your area for a Freecycle.org group–most communities have them. Freecycle is a non-profit set up to help keep things out of landfills. You can offer up the boxes, and someone who is interested will come and pick them up. If you have a covered porch to leave them on, you never even have to see the person or let them into your home.

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#3

I just collapse the boxes, and store them until my supplies are replenished every month. The delivery guy takes the collapsed boxes, as well as re-supplying my Baxter consumables.

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#4

This is really good to know about Baxter. I wonder if Fresenius does the same thing.

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#5

Can I suggest you visit www.greendialysis.org and then the Home Dialysis tab, then scroll to Waste Management, then scroll to find cardboard box reuse. Indeed.
The entire ~100 page site is devoted to eco-sensitive and sustainable dialysis.
John Agar

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#6

Following up from @John_Agar’s reply.

Gardeners, particularly those following a ‘no dig’ method will always be on the lookout for cardboard.

Other cardboard is recycled at street collection level (here in the UK anyway)

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#7

It seems that the website http://www.greendialysis.org is a Fresenius site, it also looks like it is for Austrailia not the US.

So does anyone else have a creative way to get rid all the plastic? Boxes are easy to deal with, I just take them to a recycling center or keep them for my next move.

Kind Regards Cynthia

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#8

The Green Dialysis website is NOT a Fresenius site. You can read about the team who started it at https://www.greendialysis.org/about/the-green-nephrology-action-team.

According to the Green Dialysis website, Baxter in Australia has a program to recycle PD plastic bags and lines. If they can do it in Australia, I’d think they could do it in the U.S. Since Fresenius says it supports the Green Dialysis Initiative, maybe it would help if patients and professionals would advocate with the corporations that make their dialysis supplies to promote/support recycling of non-infectious materials…

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#9

F is one of the sponsors of Green Dialysis which is part of the Green Nephrology Network, part of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, made up of doctors, staff , some patients, renal techs (or mechanics as they are known in the US!)

Being on heamo, my delivery in the UK is from Fresenius. Plastic goes to local authority, waste here in the UK, and varies from county to county (UK states! LOL) Most single use plastic goes to landfill, but our dialysis waste (apart from cardboard) goes out in clinical waste to be incinerated.

Perhaps join in on the discussions on their forum. https://networks.sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/network/green-nephrology

As someone who has serious concerns about the climate crisis and my own footprint in the world, time for discussion and action is now! :slight_smile:

A few letters to CEO’s never did any harm.

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