Newster System S.r.l.
NEWSTER GROUP Italy provides sustainable on-site solutions for the treatment and management of HCW since 1996. Our Know-how, innovations and high quality standards make us a leader in our field. Training and excellent after sales services are also provided. Newster uses Frictional Heat technology to sterilize solid HCW reducing weight and volume, leaving residue unrecognizable, dry and odorless. SWT wastewater treatment disinfects sewage water from isolation wards. PURA neutralizes medical lab fluid waste.
Newster systems are successfully installed worldwide in conformity with the highest quality standards.
Newster® Group is a European leader in sterilization technologies and the only company in the world offering a complete and ecological solution for most types of hazardous waste produced in healthcare facilities. We design and manufacture state-of-the-art equipment for the treatment of solid healthcare waste, sewage wastewater and medical laboratory fluid waste in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way.
Our patented and certified technologies are the result of ongoing investments in research and development. We work in close collaboration with international organizations, NGOs, universities and healthcare facilities. Our aim is to prevent the spread of infections and ensure healthy working and living conditions.
Newster systems are successfully installed worldwide in conformity with the highest quality standards.
Pioneers in ecological waste management solutions.
In the 1990s, the world became aware of the negative impact of medical waste incineration, which produces large quantities of POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) such as dioxins and furans.
Our history begins in 1996, when our founder Pier Luigi Bascucci acquired the patent for an innovative technology for the ecological treatment of solid infectious healthcare waste, well before the 2004 Convention of Stockholm, which invited governments to reduce or eliminate POPs. It took us two years to develop the first prototype and we haven’t stopped researching and innovating since then. Over the years, we have expanded our range of products and are now able to offer an integrated solution for the disposal of many types of infectious waste.
We believe we can solve problems caused by medical waste by means of environmentally safe alternatives to incineration, protecting People and the Planet from the risks of infection and pollution.
For this purpose, we provide the best technological and ecological solutions to ensure that healthcare waste is managed in total safety in every country around the world, according to existing laws and the highest environmental standards, to improve people's quality of life.
Our mission is to turn every healthcare facility into a model of sustainable waste management, with the help of our distributors who share our vision for a better future.
Newster systems are the result of a deep commitment to excellence that goes well beyond market standards and requirements.
We are always pursuing innovation to advance the performance of our equipment and the health of the environment.
All our technologies are made in Italy by our multidisciplinary team of engineers and technicians. Protected by international patents, our solutions are the result of more than twenty years of relentless investment in research & development.
Newster's vocation for technological innovation is also supported by the European Regional Development Fund through Emilia-Romagna's PQR_FESR projects, among others.
- POR-FESR Emilia Romagna 2014-2020 – TRUeLAB (Treatment Plant for Neutralization of Medical Laboratory Fluid Waste) - Ref. C.U.P. E78C15000220007 - Value of the project € 433.531,00 (Contribution granted € 198.807,10).
- POR-FESR Emilia Romagna 2014-2020 – TRANSFoRM (Plant for the neutralization and disposal of expired pharmaceuticals) – Ref. C.U.P. E79J17001100007 - Value of the project € 80.000,00 (Contribution granted € 40.00,00).
- POR-FESR Emilia Romagna 2014-2020 – SviPRO (Business development and promotion through international trade fairs and conferences for information purposes) – Ref. C.U.P. E78I17000180004 - Value of the project € 97.857,14,00 (Contribution granted € 29.357,14)
Certified and patented solutions
Newster systems are designed and patented to conform with the health and safety requirements of the European Directives on machine safety. We also provide specialized assistance for the registration and accreditation of Newster technologies with the competent authorities and bodies in the countries where they will be distributed and installed.
HOSPITAL SOLID WASTE
Certified according to European Directives 2006/42/EC (MD) and 2006/95/EC (LVD).
HOSPITAL SEWAGE WATER
Certified according to European Directives 2006/42/EC (MD), 2004/108/EC and 2006/95/EC (LVD).
LABORATORY FLUID WASTE
Certified according to European Directives 2006/42/EC (MD), and 2014/30/UE.
QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Complies with the requirements of UNI EN ISO 9001: 2015.
There are special projects that arise from the strength of ideas and the possibility of making them reach the whole world.
Our commitment to international cooperation projects describe something that goes beyond the installation of technologies. We are able to quickly connect with different cultures and solve problems that concern the phases prior to installation.
In recent years we have participated in several international cooperation projects in Africa and South America, in partnership with non-governmental organizations and the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development. In line with the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 to develop quality hospital waste management, starting with attention to the environment, and prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
For some months we have been promoting the creation of a local and Italian network of companies that have already carried out international cooperation projects. With some of them we have already completed activities in the health and hospital sector.
By assembling together our know-how, experiences and relationships, we will be able to overcome the challenges related to the needs of developing countries, including long distances, the absence of technological infrastructures and above all the lack of natural resources. In fact, we are focusing on optimizing the installation times of our technologies and enhancing remote training, which will allow us to remotely manage many of the activities.
Furthermore, together with our local administration, already engaged in international cooperation projects, we will be able to consolidate our partnerships and grow this network of companies that share our same values.
We are not only manufacturers, we participate actively every step of our projects, guided by values like social responsibility, environmental sustainability and the development of solutions for the wellbeing of the environment and the people.
Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, tech-nological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors.
Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with nation-al circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries 9.A Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small is-land developing States.
By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frame-works, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to mini-mize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment. Hazardous waste generated per capita and proportion of hazardous waste treated, by type of treatment.
The managing and disposal of healthcare waste calls for solutions that give priority to the necessity of avoiding biological risks, being friendly to the environment and offer financial advantages. Modern structures are in constant search of new systems that can contribute to optimize the processes involved, while developing hospitals often face other challenges and needs, with the goal of making their facilities more functional and secure. These necessities are crucial in the medical fields and often in other sectors and spaces such as military camps and recovery communities, which produce similar waste and consequently share the same demands. With more than 20 years of experience and an activity that involved nearly 500 hospitals in over 35 countries covering all the continents, Newster Group is an Italy based company that, mainly thanks to the work of its Research and Development department, is able to offer the most technologically advanced equipment to solve the problems of the potentially dangerous waste that every day, in every part of the world, are produced in medical facilities and need to be treated. The answer relies in a few key aspects: acting on-site in order to avoid the transport of the material and therefore limit the risk of biological contaminations, being fast in doing it, and consequentially becoming safe. Especially when particular kinds of waste are involved, from solids to liquids like infectious sewage water and fluids coming from laboratories. As stated in the book “Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet”, published by the Oxford University Press: «While hospitals have perhaps the most complex waste streams of any industry - plastic, chemicals, paper, food, needles, drugs, chemicals, medical devices, radioactive materials, packaging, and, increasingly, large quantities of electronics - the vast majority is not toxic. As much as 80 to 85 percent of the overall waste is comparable to domestic waste. The remaining 15 to 20 percent, however, is considered hazardous and may be infectious, toxic, or radioactive».In order to positively treat potentially infectious solid waste such as syringes and catheters, Newster Group developed the NW Series, a range of sterilizers that have their core in Frictional Heat Treatment, a patented technology included in the book “Safe management of waste from healthcare activities” by the World Health Organization (commonly known as “Blue Book”), the most reliable source of this sector. Each sterilizer combines the work of a two rotor blades system, which takes care of grinding the material, with the temperature needed in order to sterilize it: 150 Celsius degrees. The result is a user friendly sterilizer that, without the use of any chemical agent, converts the waste in harmless material reduced in its size up to 75%. This means that for 10 kilograms of potentially dangerous materials, like needles and bandages, that enters the system, what comes out after about 30 minutes are 2,5 kilogram of dry, non-recognizable and innocuous small-sized granules. No truck moves, no engine runs, no incinerator works. No additional staff members are hired, no human resources needed. The entire process takes place on-site under the control of a person that is specifically trained to do so and guarantees the maximum efficiency for the hospital and the community that surrounds it. Starting from 2017, Newster sterilization units can be equipped with optional dedicated devices for remote control that allow to download the cycle reports and control in live-time the machine activity from any desktop-pc connected. Compared to the amount of time, activities, risks and financial costs of transporting the waste from the hospital to an external disposal centre, this solution is more efficient and eco-sustainable in all the mentioned aspects.To verify the results of Newster Group’s sterilizers, the Department of Biology and Evolution of the University of Ferrara, Italy, tested a series of sterilization cycles of waste collected in various departments of a 120-bed hospital, including in-patient wards, dialysis unit, accidents and emergency, operating rooms, test laboratory, out-patient surgeries and intensive-care units, with materials like bandages, masks, cannulas, probes, latex gloves and sanitary napkins. «The material sterilization was always successful as shown by the sterilization of biological proofs and the absence of growth both in the waste mass experimentally conditioned by a high charge of Bacillus stearothermophilus spores and on the inside walls of the Newster sterilization vessel at the end of each cycle», the study states. In regards to the environmental impact during the sterilization cycles, according to the University of Ferrara, «no significant changes in microbial charge and dust charge in the operation room were detected». Newster Group offers also a technology called Safe Water Treatment with the SWT model, which allows infectious sewage water to be disinfected and become innocuous. It is based on a process that uses a special grinder to dispel the organic material and remove the sludge from the water by collecting it in a separate container. The remaining liquids, which are close to 85% of the total material, are then chemically treated and can consequentially be released outside the healthcare facility, with no risk of bacterial contamination. Due to these characteristics, it is ideal for small hospitals and facilities located far from urban areas that lack a proper connection to sewage systems and urban water treatment plants. The process can be monitored on digital devices thanks to a dedicated software and can handle up to 10 cube meters of water per hour. The last product of the Newster Group family, called PURALAB 4.0 and available from the current year, was developed for the treatment and neutralization of laboratory fluid waste, like solvents or blood. Thanks to a patented Advanced Oxidation Process that is combined with other chemical-physical treatments, it brings to a result that is made for 85% by water, which can be discharged in the sewage, and 15% by innocuous and no-toxic or in any way harmful sludge. These results are possible thanks to a research activity that was partially funded by a European program covering part of the total budget of the project, a clear sign of the value of this result for the European institutions. In order to improve its products and create meaningful bonds with the hospitals, Newster Group is in constant touch with their staffs and receive periodic updates about the activity of the sterilizers, the systems that treats infectious sewage water and the ones adopted for the neutralization of laboratory fluid waste. Commenting the use of two sterilizers NW50, the Cairo University Hospital, Egypt, stated that the «two units have carried out till today a total of 9.000 cycles for the shredding and sterilization of about 450 tons of hazardous healthcare waste, for an economic contribution of 2.250.000 pounds». San Patrignano, one of Italy’s main recovery communities for drug addiction, adopted a Safe Water Treatment SWT system and after a period of use reported that the applied technology «is environmentally friendly». Moreover, the advantages, «comparing to the competitive installations, is that the technology applied is based on chemical disinfection. The other important benefit is that suspended solids are automatically separated from the stream of waste water. That considerably increases the efficiency of the disinfection process».
Public and private hospitals all around the planet, academic institutions and international organizations are part of Newster Group’s growing network of partners, clients and suppliers, with the aim of contributing to a better world by offering and adopting environmentally compatible equipment designed to improve the quality of life. Over two decades in the business made the Italian company a top player globally, mainly thanks to its capacity of manufacturing and marketing certified patented systems offering ecological answers to resolve problems related to hospital hygiene with a range of on-site products that are able to satisfy all sanitary needs for waste disposal.