Did you know there is a method that is even better than incineration? For many years, incineration was regarded as the best method to handle hazardous and infectious medical waste disposal. While it is still a viable method, in the following article we will discuss why using another, more modern approach can be even more beneficial for medical facilities who need treat dangerous waste on a daily basis.
Infectious medical waste disposal through incineration: why has it become obsolete?
As for the disposal of hazardous medical waste, incineration was indeed one of the most prominent method in use. While there are still many who choose to go with this technique, other solutions have gained a tremendous popularity in the last years.
So why was incineration such a popular infectious waste disposal method? Because it worked of course! Its effectiveness is still unrefuted today. While the pros to this approach are crystal clear, it is its cons which have led to the success of other, more modern techniques. One of the main issues in today’s world is environmental preservation and the sustainment of green practices, and incineration certainly doesn’t help in this regard, since it emits a significant amount of atmospheric pollution into the air, such as smoke, ash, toxic gases, not to mention bad odors, which are just plain bothersome.
Another significant disadvantage is the fact that incinerators require high investment and operating costs. So in the 21st century, it is understandable that a method that isn’t optimal from either an economic or environmental side, cannot be considered as the best anymore.
So what method could be considered as being “the best” today?
The rise of infectious medical waste shredders: safe and fast on-site disposal
On-site medical waste shredders are a perfect example of what could be considered one the best ways to tackle issue of hazardous medical waste disposal. Especially if you use a model that incorporates steam sterilization as well: the most modern models are essentially a 2-in-1 solution, by combining the benefits of autoclaves with shredding.
Compared to incinerators, they are also much cheaper to operate, and produce zero harmful emissions. Not to mention the complete lack of any bad odors. What’s more, a medical waste shredder is also extremely user-friendly, as it completes the sterilization and shredding process completely automatically: you don’t even have to close the door yourself!
Of course, it’s not just a matter of being more cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and easy to use. Cutting edge technology also allows medical waste shredders to work more effectively than incinerators. Even if you put dangerous infectious medical waste like sharps inside the vessel of the machine, after the disposal process it will be completely sterile, and roughly 20% its original size. After that, you can just get rid of it like any other kind of “normal” waste!
Medical waste shredders are also highly efficient at completely destroying heat-resistant chemicals, drugs, and toxic medical waste, an area in which the efficiency of incinerators cannot be 100% guaranteed.