Colorado Medical Waste and ozone processing turn medical waste into confetti.  We bring medical waste management into the 21st century.


90% volume reduction to a sterile confetti residual with “ZERO” emissions!

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Since 1992, Colorado Medical Waste has provided collection and transportation service to medical waste generators along Colorado’s Front Range. In 2014, we introduced ozone processing at our facility in Aurora and turn medical waste into confetti.  We bring medical waste management into the 21st century. Using ambient air, ozone gas, electricity and an industrial shredder, medical waste is reduced in volume by 90% with “ZERO” emissions!  Waste is rendered non-infectious, unrecognizable and irretrievable.  No heat, steam or chemicals are used in our process.  Efficacy tests prove the natural oxidizing power of ozone is 100x more effective than steam killing mold, viruses, bacteria and infectious pathogens.  It is an energy efficient, eco-friendly alternative to autoclaves and  incinerators and is the most environmentally friendly means of processing medical waste to date.  Combining 24 years of industry experience, award winning service and cutting edge technology, we’ve set the standard for sustainable medical waste management.

Our Ozone Processor

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CMW’s Ozone Processor – Aurora, CO

Our ozone processor eliminates contamination to air, soil and water and diverts tons of medical waste from landfills, incinerators and hazardous waste facilities.  The added benefit of shredding eliminates HIPAA liability medical waste is  deemed unrecognizable, unusable and non-retrievable.  Our 6Log10 kill STERILIZES waste surpassing efficacy standards of a 4Log10 kill of antiquated heat and energy intensive autoclaves that are heavy consumers of water and natural gas. Our energy efficient, state of the art technologies and processes eliminate the public health effects and environmental impact of outdated autoclaves and incinerators while conserving valuable natural resources. Our ozone technology is approved to process pathological waste traditionally disposed by incineration.  We reduce the risk and exposure of waste being transported along public highways to the few remaining medical waste incinerators scattered across the U.S.  We decrease CO2 emissions along with methane produced from landfilling and greenhouse gas emissions from incineration that contribute to climate change and global warming.

The Technology of the Future is Here Today

Take 4 minutes to understand how ozone processing is a game changer.

Our video shows how medical waste is managed in Colorado and across the nation.

Medical Waste Treatment Technologies

The most widely used medical waste treatment technologies across the globe are autoclaves and incinerators.  Below is a snapshot of these technologies and their impact to public health and the environment.

The Autoclave


A commercial medical waste autoclave

An autoclave is an industrial pressure cooker.  Natural gas is used to heat boilers to temperatures of 148°C  or 298°F  to create steam in the pressurized vessel. Millions of gallons of water are used for this process.  Medical waste is   loaded into carts and pushed into the unit where it is steam treated to render it non-infectious.  Offensive odors from moisture treated human waste and semi melted plastics are created and vented outside to the surrounding community. After treatment, saturated waste is transported to the landfill to be buried. The majority of medical waste is treated by autoclave.  There is no volume reduction.  Waste is still recognizable and buried in full form. The result of this antiquated heat and energy intensive technology  is shown below.

Autoclave Processed Medical Waste

Landfill photo courtesy: Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Comparative Photo of Autoclaved and Ozone Processed Medical Waste Awaiting Burial at the Landfill

Landfill with methane wellhead Original

Landfill photo courtesy: Tri County Health Department

The Medical Waste Incinerator

Medical Waste Incineration

Commercial medical waste incinerator and toxic emissions bypass event

Medical waste incineration involves the burning of waste by combustion at temperatures of 1,100° C or 2000° F. Incineration is the primary disposal method for pathological, pharmaceutical and trace chemotherapy (radioactive) waste. There are no medical waste incinerators in Colorado. Few incinerators remain in the U.S. due to their toxic emissions of dioxins, furans and heavy metals which are known cancer causing carcinogens. Human exposure is linked to respiratory illness, impairment of the immune system, the developing nervous system, the endocrine system and reproductive functions.  Food, animals, fish, soil and water sources are subject to contamination from these toxic air pollutants. Outdated incinerators are heat and energy intensive units and heavy consumers of natural gas used to achieve high combustion temperatures.

Now that you’re educated on the technologies used to process medical waste…


Join Colorado Medical Waste and become environmental stewards and sustainability partners because out of sight is no longer out of mind. The medical waste process of the future is here today. Let us help you achieve your regulated medical waste sustainability goals.  We make it easy, convenient and cost effective to reduce the carbon footprint and impact of healthcare and medical waste.  

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Why Should You Switch?

Leading the industry with Colorado’s only sustainable medical waste processing facility and over 20 years of experience, our expertise and service is unsurpassed.  We have outlived the startups, mergers and acquisitions of our competitors. Colorado Medical Waste is proud to offer premier medical waste management along with friendly, personalized, award winning service and customized programs based on each client’s need.  We tailor our service around you! We appreciate our loyal customers who have helped us rise to the top of our industry and welcome new customers like family.  Does your medical waste company measure up?  Here’s a quick look at a few of the many reasons to do business with us:

  • We have been recognized locally and nationally for leadership in sustainable medical waste management
  • We are a local, minority, woman owned small business.
  • We have provided collection, transportation and disposal service for over 20 years and are industry experts.
  • Cutting edge technologies and processes provide the most environmentally friendly means of medical waste disposal to date.
  • We serve all types of medical waste generators and businesses.
  • Reliable, award winning service and customer support has earned us a reputation that you can count on.
  • We offer sustainable and value added service with competitive prices.
  • We make it easy, convenient and cost efficient to do the right thing.

Call or contact us today and make the responsible and ethical decision for your medical waste disposal.  Do your part. Together, we can make a difference!

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