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Understanding How to Manage Waste Incineration: An Overview

Waste Incineration Management Explained

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Here at Choice MedWaste, we believe that waste to energy incineration is a very important aspect of maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment. Incineration has become increasingly more popular as corporations look to reduce waste going to landfills.. But what exactly is it and how does it work?

Let's delve into the details.

What is Incineration?

It is a technique that involves the combustion of organic substances. This process converts these into ash, flue gas, and heat–which can be used to generate electricity.

Breaking Down the Role of Incineration in Waste Management

Incineration is a bit like the unsung hero. It's not always the first method that comes to mind, but it does pack a punch. There are two main ways to utilize incineration in the healthcare waste industry.

  1. Send waste directly to a medical waste incinerator. Some waste streams like non hazardous pharmaceuticals, trace chemotherapy and pathological waste require direct medical waste incineration in most states.

    1. Pros: Facility is set up to receive sharps and biohazard waste, creates small amount of energy off the waste incineration process

    2. Cons: Expensive, not many facilities available, does not produce as much energy as a solid waste incinerator

  2. Treat the biohazard and sharps waste first, then once the waste is treated via autoclave (steam and pressure treatment), the treated waste can be sent to a permitted solid waste incinerator.

    1. Pros: A lot more solid waste incinerators than medical waste only incinerators, more cost efficient, can accept bulk compactor and trailer loads for immediate unloading, produce a lot of energy for local communities

    2. Cons: not all facilities will accept treated medical waste, some facilities may become uncomfortable seeing sharps for disposal at their facility(although they are clean).

Shrinking the Problem: Volume Reduction

Shrinking Waste with Volume Reduction

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Imagine you have a full truck load of regulated waste. Now, what if you could make treat the waste and reduce it’s volume all in one process? Certain incinerators can do that.

While it reduces the volume of waste to ash it will also be able to create energy for local communities

Harnessing Power: Energy Recovery

Now, let's talk about energy. We all know how important it is to find sustainable sources of energy. Well, incineration steps up to the plate here too. Its process generates heat, and this heat is harnessed to produce energy.

So, while we're getting rid of the waste, we're also contributing to a lower carbon footprint. An absolute win-win!

A Safety Net: Destruction of Regulated Materials

Finally, one of the most critical roles of medical waste disposal incineration is its effectiveness in eliminating harmful substances. It's a bit like having a built-in security system against contamination and disease spread.

By destroying these infectious materials, we're ensuring they don't pose a risk to human health or the environment.

Choice MedWaste's Incineration Services: How We Can Help?

Currently, our team incinerates all waste we transport. Any of your pharmaceutical, chemotherapy and pathological trash will be sent to a medical incinerator while the bulk of the regulated waste (sharps and red bag material) will be first treated via autoclave and then sent to an incinerator.

Choice MedWaste Incineration Solutions

Our services include:

  • Collection and Transportation of Waste

  • Segregation of Waste Streams on site that is an industry best practices as well as regulation in some states like Pennsylvania

  • Waste to Energy Incineration for all waste collected

  • Safe Disposal of Residual Ash

  • Compliance with Environmental Regulations

All in all, we always make sure that our incineration waste management system is handled in the most environmentally-friendly manner.

CALL TODAY! Let's work together towards a cleaner, healthier future.

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