UCL Division of Biosciences


Winners of the UCL Student Covid-19 Recovery Competition

30 July 2020

Nishika Jain and Priyanka Rachel Peres (Y1 Biological Sciences) are members of the 1st Prize winning team alongside Sachi Shah (Y1 Biochemsitry) and Jiarui Li (Y1 Pharmacology), in the 'UCL Student Covid-19 Recovery Competition' Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Created in response to a sharp rise in plastic pollution and the death of sanitation workers across the world, Covicycle is a scalable and sustainable solution to collecting, sterilizing and recycling public PPE waste that is emerging from the Covid-19 crisis. We aim to collect public PPE waste (gloves and masks) at local collection points in popular supermarkets - every 5 days. This is brought to the Covicycle warehouse, where it will undergo medical-grade sterilisation in UV cabinets (for gloves) and masks by an autoclave.

The sterile masks will undergo quality checks, get stamped with Covicycle logos and then packaged - to be resold via our online website. The gloves would be weighed and packed into boxes to be delivered to our partner recycling company such as ‘Terracycle’ for recycling. Covicycle will earn a percentage of the sales (per kg) of the products made from the gloves.

This income will be used to fund employee salaries and expand the business to hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Our idea generates employment, thereby generating positive economic growth. This contributes to sustainable development and pushes towards a greener economy. 

Quote from the judges: "We felt the idea was feasible, sustainable and would have a significant impact." 

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