Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc.

Waste management for dangerous wastes - Health Care

A wide variety of wastes are too hazardous to be disposed of by traditional means. Hospitals, clinics, laboratories, nursing homes, funeral homes, dental offices and veterinary clinics are just some examples of places that produce potentially dangerous bioactive waste, often referred to as biomedical waste. Proper disposal of biomedical waste is a complex process that must be carefully controlled to avoid serious public health risks. The waste must be placed in special bags, stored separately, transported in refrigerated trucks and carefully disposed of to eliminate potential exposure. In many cases, the waste must be autoclaved before it is land filled. This complex process results in exceedingly high costs for the disposal and treatment of biomedical waste.

In North America, the total cost of managing biomedical waste, including the cost for preparation and disposal, can be excessive. This is not the only problem with the elimination of biomedical waste.

Many biomedical waste generating sites have no practical access to proper treatment and end up handling biomedical waste in a manner similar to conventional household waste. Examples of such generators include hospitals located on small islands, military hospitals in combat zones, temporary health service facilities in underdeveloped countries, large cruise ships, hospital ships and many hospitals operating in countries where thermal waste treatment facilities do not exist. Terragon technologies can provide cost-effective solutions to these issues.