American Recycler Newspaper | Aemerge RedPak opens new medical waste treatment center

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Aemerge RedPak opens new medical waste treatment center

Jan 2, 2018 | American Recycler Newspaper

Aemerge RedPak, a pioneer in technology resulting in cleaner, smarter and more renewable approaches for handling waste and producing energy, has opened a medical waste treatment facility that destroys and sterilizes medical waste, converts it to clean energy and diverts up to 95 percent of treated waste from landfills. The new $55 million facility will create 30 jobs.

To commemorate, RedPak was joined by California’s Business Incentives Gateway, the City of Hesperia and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at the facility.

“With no previous alternatives, California currently disposes much of its infectious medical waste by hauling it to incinerators across the country, which is not only inefficient, but also has significant negative impacts on the environment and surrounding communities,” said Adam Seger, president of Aemerge RedPak.

Since 2001, when California’s last medical waste incinerator was shut down in Oakland, approximately 720 million pounds of medical waste have been hauled long distances to be treated in other states as far as Maryland, Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, North Dakota, Oregon, and Utah. Certain categories of medical waste such as pharmaceuticals, trace chemo, pathological, and anatomical require high heat treatment and incineration and out of the State’s borders was the only option, until now.

Aemerge RedPak operates the only fully permitted “high heat” treatment facility in California for all categories of medical waste, including pharmaceutical, pathological, trace chemo, sharps and biohazardous materials. It treats all these forms of waste through a first-of-its-kind advanced patented technology system called the Carbonizer.

The Carbonizer system works by processing organic waste in a negative pressure, no oxygen environment with high heat. The result of waste treatment is three simple, sterile co-products: synthesis gas (syngas) which is captured and converted to clean energy, treated glass and metals which are recycled, and carbon char which is repurposed as alternative fuel. As a result of this process, 95 percent of waste treated is diverted from landfills.

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