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ACTenviro's Microwave Disinfection System for Medical Waste

Updated : 27-Aug-2020

Microwave Medical Waste Disinfection System

ACTmedical’s new Microwave Disinfection System – the first of its kind in California to offer a waste-to-energy option – enables the healthcare facilities to “go green” by safely disposing the medical waste in a way that is both economical and environmentally-friendly. The regulated medical waste is disposed of with the innovative Microwave Disinfection System, which combines proven microwave disinfection technology with precise computer controls to deliver a superior waste processing system.

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United States

Product Launched in

May 2016

Sustainability Benefits

  • Once treated by our ACTmedical systems, the regulated medical waste types listed below can be disposed of as non-regulated solid waste in landfills or used as feed stock for waste-to-energy facilities.
  • By choosing ACTenviro's waste-to-energy option, 1 ton of your treated waste can power the average American home for over 2 weeks.


  • Processed wastes are thoroughly disinfected, rendered unrecognizable via shredding and reduced in volume by approximately 80%.
  • ACTmedical’s Microwave Disinfection System is permitted by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as an “Approved Alternate Technology” for the management of regulated medical waste

End user sector

  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Medical Research & Laboratories
  • Dental Facilities
  • Home Care and Nursing Services
  • Fire Departments and First Responders
  • Medical Facilities and Clinical Labs

How does this work?

ACT's Microwave Disinfection System follows the following steps -

  • The system disinfects and shreds into confetti-like pieces so-called “red bag” medical waste: solid or liquid items contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
  • After the red-bag waste is shredded, the waste falls into the main chamver where it is sterilized with the use of microwave technology and the MDU steams away the liquid components.
  • The resulting confetti like material is shipped to a waste-to-energy facility for incineration, which creates steam that drives a turbine and generates electricity.

About the Company

Founded in 2000, ACTenviro is a nationally-recognized environmental and hazardous waste management firm, and one of the top 100 recyclers in the United States. They have 2,500 clients that range from small businesses to local, state and federal government agencies to well-known, multinational Fortune 100 firms. Beyond helping our clients recycle an average of 87% of their waste shipments, ACT offers a full range of environmental management services including hazardous and biological waste management, recycling, disposal, treatment, health and safety, and compliance needs.

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