Conventional treatment methods are environmentally IRRESPONSIBLE and COSTLY with 80% being landfilled without volume reduction or energy capture. For more than 50 years, hospitals included their entire daily waste stream in bins designated for landfill disposal or treated the waste on-site by incineration. Today, onsite incineration plants are nearly extinct with no new permits being issued due to increased regulation and emissions requirements.
Medical waste is NOT classified as hazardous waste. Medical waste is segregated and packaged separately and transported in trucks to treatment facilities throughout the United States. Medical waste is produced in hospitals, clinics, medical offices, prisons, schools and pharmaceutical manufacturing plants.
80% of regulated medical waste is treated in batch systems then landfilled:
- Steam autoclave (most popular treatment method),
- Chemically and mechanically treated (shredded material is chemically bathed),
20% of regulated medical waste is pathological and pharmaceutical waste and must be thermally treated at high temperatures:
- Both methods are continuous operation
The remaining 20% is hauled to only five (5) remaining specialty purpose incinerators in the United States resulting in excessive truck emissions and liability during transport. These massive incinerators rely on an antiquated technology that is dirty for the environment.
Our reMedi™ gasifiers offer a small scale, localized solution that converts ALL classification of worthless medical waste to renewable energy and inert, harmless “fluff” from which we will recover all valuable recyclables. After recycling the fluff, less than 3% of the initial waste volume is landfilled and the entire facility is powered by self-generated electricity with NET positive energy sold to the national utility grid.
Our gasification technology meets the more stringent environmental standards and is more affordable than incineration providing an economical, ecological and responsible medical waste conversion and disposal solution.
- Standardized, modular design results in distributed facilities located in close proximity to the waste producers thereby mitigating transportation risks.
- Convert the waste liability to beneficial, usable energy.
- 97% reduction of waste (on volume basis).
- Reducing waste volume extends the life of existing landfills AND eliminates environmental risks associated with potential leaching of autoclaved waste.
- Distributed treatment centers focused on rapid customer service and response.
The map of the United States reflects the rapid decommissioning of medical waste incinerators. The pale blue diamonds indicate active medical waste incinerators in 1995. The dark blue diamonds indicate medical waste incinerators still operating in 2010. The red boxes show the remaining medical waste incinerators still operating as of June, 2016. The green boxes indicate the few hazardous waste incinerators that will occasionally accept medical waste but at very limited volumes. Distributed gasification sites are needed to cleanly convert the waste to beneficial use while reducing transcontinental hauling to aging incinerators.