Medical Waste Management

The Autoclave and Effective Medical Waste Management

An Autoclave is a pressurized chamber used to sterilize medical waste, equipment and supplies by putting them through a high pressure, steam saturated process an approximately 15-20 minute cycle.

Global Re-Energy is here to provide you with complete turnkey installation and maintenance servicing of the innovative Autoclave Waste Management Technology including by not limited to:

  • Site Designs
  • Roll-Off Containers
  • Waste Bins
  • High Temperature Bags
  • Spare Parts
  • Medical Waste Containers
  • Maintenance and In-Service Training for Operators
  • Consultations

Autoclave installation can also be designed with and optional post-treatment shredder, compactor or gasification technology in mind.

Why use Autoclave Technology?

Autoclaves are the most cost effective medical waste management technology available
Eliminates airborne diseases caused when handling unsterilized medical waste
Reduces waste volume by approx. 45-50%
Autoclaves are environmentally superior to incinerators

  • Complies with the Clean Air Act: Eliminates Dangerous Emissions due to burning
  • Uses Steam Heat: Eliminates Chemicals
  • High Vacuum Technology: Effective while Controlling Irritating Odors

Autoclaves manage approx. 95% of medical waste in North America

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How does the Autoclave work?
Aluminum bins are filled with packaged medical waste and then rolled into the Autoclave machine
Doors are sealed shut with a hydraulic lock
A Pre-Vacuum clears air from Autoclave and replaces it with steam
Steam soaks the waste at temperatures ranging from 285 to 305 degrees F.
A Post-Vacuum then dries the waste and also reduces treatment odors
A green light comes on the indicate end of cycle and sterilization
Door can be opened and sterilized bins of medical waste can be unloaded

Where does sterilized medical waste go to after the Autoclave process?

Once medical waste has been put through the Autoclave sterilization process it is then ready to be dumped into a shredder. All Global Re-Energy Shredders are heavy duty, double or single stage, high quality shredders that can customized to suit your needs.

After sterilized waste has been broken down in the shredder it can then be sent to a landfill or, the recommended method, sent to a gasification facility where it can then be transformed into new, useable energy. Any combustible waste can be converted from waste to energy.