Beverly Hanstrom, president of Colorado Medical Waste, Inc. accepted the Environmental Sustainability Award on behalf of her company at the 10th Annual 2014 Business Recognition Dinner and Award Ceremony on December 4. The company earned the award because of its commitment to energy efficiency, waste diversion, waste reduction, water conservation, and sustainable medical waste disposal methods.
“We are leading the industry and are at the forefront of environmental stewardship to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Hanstrom, thanking the City of Aurora. “This award is a celebration of joint collaboration, we’re all winners.”
Two million tons — or four billion pounds — of medical waste are produced each year. Yet, reducing that staggering amount is as easy as asking healthcare providers, dentists, and veterinarians how they dispose of their medical waste, Hanstrom argues, advising, “Tell your family, friends and neighbors about us. The problem won’t get fixed if no one knows it’s broken.”
However, it was the innovative technology of Colorado Medical Waste, Inc. that really helped them win the award.
Instead of using steam, as most other medical waste facilities do, Colorado Waste, Inc. uses the natural oxidization power of ozone, electricity, and an industrial shredder. As a result, the company was able to reduce medical waste volume by 90% — transforming it into a sterile confetti residual with zero emissions. Consequentially, medical waste streams don’t wind up in landfills, noxious incinerators, or hazardous waste facilities. The company’s state of the art processes has also eliminated antiquated autoclave technologies’ public health effects and environmental impacts.
Perhaps best of all, this innovative medical waste technology is supported by regulatory agencies, serves the healthcare industry, conserves natural resources, promotes environmental sustainability. Most importantly, it’s proven to reduce waste, pollution, exposure and liability, and carbon footprint.
“I was told that medical waste contracts are all about the bottom line,” said Hanstrom. “The health of our planet will ultimately affect the quality of our lives. Doesn’t that make us the bottom line?”