Green Solution For Medical Waste
Different sized models can incinerate waste from 15kg to 5 000kg within 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the device’s size. The equipment, which is used in Europe, is being imported by Cape Town company Alloro Promo.
Carlo Bovetti, who imports the incinerator, said that as the machine ground waste, the friction generated caused heat of up to 151ºC, which not only sterilised waste, but also caused the waste humidity to evaporate. Unlike autoclaves, the steriliser was 100 percent green with no toxic emissions, he said.
The machine could also be used in a hospital environment, cutting costs of transporting medical waste to incinerators, often situated on the outskirts of towns. Mark van der Heever, spokesman for the provincial Department of Health, said the total expenditure for medical waste removal in the Western Cape exceeded R18 million.
Bovetti said given the incidences of medical waste dumping, hospitals could now incinerate their own waste.