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Designing Sharps Stewardship for the Circular Economy
Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT / 5:00pm - 6:30pm CEST

Part of PSI’s Global Webinar Series: Sparking Conversations, Building Networks


Take-back programs provide safe collection and disposal of used household medical “sharps” (disposable needles, syringes, and lancets). They protect sanitation personnel, hospitality workers, and the general public from accidental needle sticks caused by sharps that would otherwise be littered in public spaces, placed in the trash, or flushed down the toilet. However, by containerizing sharps for proper disposal, take-back programs generate tons of plastic waste – a detriment to the environment and a wasted resource. Fortunately, sharps stewardship solutions pioneered in Europe show how take-back programs can be designed for the circular economy by reducing container waste.

This webinar will explore the regulations, challenges, and benefits associated with the reduction, reuse, and recycling of sharps containers in France and other European countries. Program experts will describe the status of multiple approaches and how each advances a closed-loop economy.

This webinar continues the global conversation about sharps waste management. Want to learn more about sharps take-back? View the first webinar in our sharps series, “Global Best Practices for Sharps Take-Back Programs.”

Sponsored by:


Laurence Bouret

Chief Executive Officer, DASTRI, France

Laurence Bouret, CEO of DASTRI, has been a waste management expert for 15 years.  She started her career in the public sector (local authority) before joining the car industry. She dedicated 5 years to her children before developing— alongside Jacques Pelissard, former MP and former President of the French Mayor’s Association— the first national resource center for Waste Management. Since 2013 she manages a unique non profit EPR program called DASTRI. Financed by the health industry and approved by 3 Ministries, DASTRI is a network of 18000 collection points offering to homecare patients a safe solution for their sharps*. She is also a member of the National Commission for EPR programs in France and has engaged a long term thinking with all stakeholders about the future of EPR programs facing challenges such as the move toward ambulatory care or the development of connected medical devices.

*So far DASTRI has distributed 10 million sharp containers and collected about 4 billion of used medical devices.

Arnaud Mary

Commercial and Development Director, COSMOLYS, France

With 22 years of experience in medical waste collection and treatment, Arnaud develops COSMOLYS and manages sales development in different market segments (medical labs, hospitals, clinics, homecare, food and drugs industry). Over the last 3 years, he has negotiated with authorities to improve the regulatory framework to allow PP recycling and developed a sorting process to create a circular economy, cooperating with suppliers for production of sharps containers.

COSMOLYS is a subsidiary of one of the most important French homecare structures: SANTELYS, a non-profit association involved in dialysis, perfusion, chemotherapy, home care, and nursing. COSMOLYS is a very inventive structure, involved in disinfection of medical waste and developing sorting processes for PP and other polyoléphin materials. Activities include collecting and disinfecting medical waste coming from north of France and Paris area, covering one third of the country.

Terry Grimmond

Microbiologist, ISO Working Group member on Sharp Containers (ISO 23907), New Zealand

Terry is an Australian consultant microbiologist with 51 years’ experience in disease transmission and prevention. His passion is assisting healthcare facilities and nations reduce their sharps injuries. He serves on sharps container standards in four countries and is the Canadian and Australian representative on the ISO Standard. In early 2015, Terry was the National Infection-Prevention Training Coordinator for the World Health Organization Ebola Response Team in Sierra Leone. He is Lead-investigator on the annual US EXPO-STOP Sharps Injury Survey, has published extensively and spoken at more than 230 assemblies in 22 countries and received multiple awards for his work.


Vivian Fuhrman, PhD (Moderator)

Director of Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute, United States

Dr. Vivian Fuhrman is a Senior Associate for Policy and Programs at the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) where she heads up work on safe disposal of pharmaceuticals and medical sharps. She has worked on stewardship policy, led drug take-back pilots, run educational campaigns on safe disposal, and facilitated stakeholder meetings across the US, and increasingly across the globe. Before coming to PSI, Vivian earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Risk and Policy (focused on endocrine disrupting chemicals in the aquatic environment) from Ben Gurion University in Israel, building on a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.