Environmental Impact of Medical Waste Part 2

In our previous post, we looked at how traditional ways to dispose of medical waste harms our environment. Most small medical waste generators (clinics, medical, dental practices, etc.) hire a third-party hauler to pick up the waste and transport it, first to a treatment facility, and then to the landfill.

This common practice leaves a significant carbon footprint on the environment, and has raised a lot of red flags among those in the medical industry looking for ways to go more “green”. For a more detailed explanation on how exactly medical waste affects the environment, we’ve created a downloadable guide here.

As reviewed in our first article in this series, sustainable purchasing  is key to making a positive environmental impact and offset the carbon emissions already being produced. It’s also a choice that requires little to no action from staff or customers to assure that a difference is being made.

OnSite Waste Technologies has invented a sustainable & greener alternative to what most of the small to medium facilities in the medical industry use for medical waste disposal. It allows for an easy way to sterilize and dispose of medical waste on the premise. In fact, it even allows one to discard the treated remains in the trashcan that gets collected by the city. 

About OnSite Waste Technologies:

The Newport Beach, California- based company is dedicated to reducing the cost, risk, and environmental impact of medical waste processing and disposal. The company is founded and managed by a dedicated team of inventors, industry leaders, and environmentally conscious individuals who are dedicated to creating a positive impact on our carbon footprint.

Its TE-5000 is an innovative desktop-sized processing unit that converts regulated medical waste, such as syringes, into sterile garbage that can be disposed of in a facility’s regular trashcans. This solution is a greener, cheaper, and safer option for handling medical waste disposal, as opposed to the most common practice of using a third-party hauler to transport waste to a treatment center.

But just how much of emissions can be cut down by using an on-site solution for medical waste?

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “about 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change stem from burning fossil fuels”. Cutting down the amount of time disposal trucks are on the road will make a huge impact. With an OnSite Waste Technologie’s newest processing unit, a facility can prevent the burning of more fossil fuels without an added cost or inconvenience.

The incineration of medical wastes as a process of disposal has also been a harm to the environment. According to Transparency Market Research, more non-incineration options are being offered as people look for ways to limit the emissions of carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and dioxins that can be released through incineration. Although the Environmental Protection Agency has strict air emission limits on incineration, some of the banned amounts of emissions still get into our air during the process.

About the TE-5000:

The TE-5000 meets CDC and EPA recommendations for treatement, and is consistent with the requirements under the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Rule. The machine also meets requirements for treatment in 49 states! It uses a thermal process to sterilize medical waste, which reduces the mass of the material that ends up in landfills. It also eliminates the possibility of emitting the toxic gasses that incineration does.

With the TE-5000 as an on-site medical waste disposal solution, liability issues are also limited. Due to the cradle-to-grave liability that medical facilities carry in the USA, any accidents or failures to follow requirements that third-party haulers cause are paid in repercussions by the medical facility.

To get a more specific picture of how much your facility can save in greenhouse gas emissions, request a consultation with OnSite Waste Technologies today!