The waste management company Veolia has reported 'significant' carbon savings using energy recovery facilities (ERF) technology to treat orange bagged clinical waste.
The technology has been tested at two Veolia plants and showed that this treatment has the lowest carbon footprint, achieving more than 60% reduction in carbon emissions compared to other commonly used treatments.
Waste, including contaminated swabs, gloves, paper towels, masks are usually treated through autoclaving, a high-pressure steam practice, which is thought to use a lot of energy and generates waste that requires transport and disposal at a landfill.
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