Comparison of autoclaved medical waste and ozone processed waste at the landfill.
Ozone processed medical waste is reduced in volume by 90% to a sterile confetti residual.

In recent years, there has been a growing awareness over environmental degradation and waste management practices. Certain areas of environmental protection have seen considerable improvements, especially efforts to reduce air pollution and clean-up of rivers and lakes. Attempts to improve waste management, however, are often difficult since there are real limitations on what is actually possible.

Consider the difficulties of biohazard waste disposal. Efforts in the past to safely dispose of this material mainly focused on disinfection. Afterwards, the waste is still in full form, is still recognizable and is simply dumped like household garbage. The majority of medical waste is treated using this process which is known as autoclaving. The reality is that this process causes environmental damage and is morally questionable due to the types of materials that end up in public landfills. To mention a few, these materials consist of sensitive patient information, used syringes, blood vials and blood soaked material along with medical equipment and devices that are used in surgical procedures.

Ozone Processing

All of this has changed with ozone processing, a state-of-the-art machine that has revolutionized biohazard waste disposal in Colorado. With this technology, medical waste disposal is conducted in a responsible and ethical manner that destroys the material and does not cause pollution in the process. In other words, the process is both eco-friendly and safely increases public health and environmental health in the communities where we live, work and play.

The technology is an automated, hands free, continuous-feed medical waste processing machine. This alone is an improvement since it allows for safer, faster and more efficient waste processing. Using electricity, ozone gas and an industrial shredder, medical waste is reduced by 90% to a sterile confetti residual.  The natural oxidizing power of ozone sterilizes medical waste with “zero” emissions and surpasses the standard disinfection of autoclaves. The ozone sterilization process requires no heat, so there is no consumption of natural gas, no consumption of water and requires absolutely no chemicals. An autoclave uses millions of gallons of water to steam treat medical waste and causes contaminated water run off into waste water treatment systems.

The machine is energy efficient as well. Remember that steam disinfection requires boilers to be heated for the production of steam—this requires a lot of energy for each batch of medical waste that is treated. By reducing the energy required to process waste, the machine demonstrates its environmental friendliness, in addition to conservation of natural resources.

Turning Medical Waste Into Confetti

Industrial shredders macerate the medical waste into a confetti-like residual. The by-product is sterile and its volume is reduced by 90%. By shredding the material, the volume of waste eventually placed into landfills has been significantly reduced and eliminates environmental contamination and safety hazards posed by syringes and medical waste that is fully exposed. In addition, the process replaces the questionable practices of placing sensitive patient information into garbage dumps. Since the machine is continuous-feed, the medical waste material is exposed to ozone with the introduction of each load which takes approximately 10 minutes. In nearly no time at all, medical waste is sterilized, rendered non-infectious, unrecognizable and reduces the carbon footprint that medical waste creates. To learn more about ozone processing, contact Colorado Medical Waste Inc.

How Ozone Processing Is Changing Medical Waste Disposal in Colorado