AURORA, Colo. -- Landfills across the nation are piling up with dangerous medical waste. And, now, new technology is helping to minimize its environmental footprint.
Entrepreneur Beverly Hanstrom’s company, Colorado Medical Waste, uses an ozone system to sterilize then crush waste that leaves the bulk 90 percent smaller. That’s as significant reduction considering that the average hospital patient generates about three pounds of medical waste every day. That waste is usually sterilized with steam, but things like syringes still end up in landfills.
According to Hanstrom, that waste can remain dangerous.
“You don't know what kind of bird your cat is chasing or when he had his last meal," says Hanstrom. "It might have been at the landfill.”
After being treated by the ozone, the medical waste goes to an industrial shredder, where it ends up resembling confetti. It then goes into a sealed container, where it's treated again before being picked up by the disposal service.
Colorado is only the third state to use ozone technology, but more are expected to follow as the search for ways to spare our environment wages on.
For more information about ozone medical waste processing technology, visit ColoradoMedicalWaste.com.