The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that one of the pivotal problems associated with healthcare delivery worldwide, is the increase in the transmission of healthcare associated infections in the healthcare industry. This in turn has a detrimental effect on the mortality rate, the healthcare systems and the patients involved. It becomes a financial burden on individuals and the economy as a whole.[1]

In Kwa-Zulu Natal, reusable containers utilised by hospitals resulted in a 28% reduction in landfill waste and an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In a recent study, it was shown that since the adoption of reusable waste containers, 1.14 million disposable waste containers have been eliminated from landfills. The implementation of our reusable waste containers in hospitals and health organisations adheres to the Environmental Management act of 1998 and the National Waste Management Strategy of 2012.[2]

In 2000, following the Millennium Summit of The United Nations, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established to give rise to a series of unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.[3] Of the eight MDGs, Mama’s Bins strives to contribute to the success of at least five of the goals. These five goals are:

  • Goal 4 – Reduce child mortality
  • Goal 5 – Improve maternal health
  • Goal 6 – Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
  • Goal 7 – Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Goal 8 – Global partnership for development

We achieve these goals thanks to the manner in which our reusable stainless steel medical waste bins:

  • Are engineered of the highest standard to ensure regulatory compliance;
  • Improve safety standards in the healthcare industry, thus improving the lives and the livelihood of the community as a whole;
  • Reduce the spread of healthcare-related infections that can be detrimental to a person’s health and well-being;
  • Increase economic sustainability through our partnerships both at a local and international level;
  • Ensure environmental sustainability by utilizing a raw material which reduces carbon footprints;
  • Reduce costs for the healthcare system;
  • Reduce the volume of waste sent to the landfills;
  • Reduce the energy and resources needed to manufacture the bins thanks to our highly efficient and effective process technology;
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emission;
  • Utilise stainless steel which is 100% recyclable and reduces the use of plastics in the healthcare industry, as well as reducing the planet’s plastic burden and;

Enhance its environmentally-friendly appeal as non-recycled steel that is present in landfills does not have a negative impact on the soil and groundwater like plastic does.

[1]World Health Organisation (2011). Health-care associated infections. [online] Available from: http://www.who.int/gpsc/country_work/gpsc_ccisc_fact_sheet_en.pdf?ua=1
[2]Grimmond, T.R. (2013). Using reusable containers for hospital waste: is there an infection risk? South Afr J Infect Dis. [online] Vol. 28 (4), pp. 197-201. Available from: www.sajei.co.za/index.php/SAJEI/article/download/553/753
[3]The United Nations (2015).United Nations Millennium Development Goals. [online] Available from: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/