Infectious waste is destroyed through a process of decontaminating the waste, and then securely storing whatever is left over. Decontamination can be done through many methods, but the two most common are incineration and autoclaving. Once the infectious waste is decontaminated, the remains are stored in an approved storage shelter for safe keeping.
How are infectious wastes treated?
Infectious waste can be destroyed through various approved methods, but the two most common methods to decontaminate infectious waste are incineration and autoclaving.
With incineration, the infectious waste is burned by direct flame in an incinerator. This method is the most common way to destroy infectious waste, but it isn't ideal. Destroying infectious waste with incineration releases emissions into our air which could pose environmental and public health risks. This is why many waste decontamination facilities are looking for, and moving to, more environmentally-sound methods.
During autoclaving, steam is pumped into a pressurized chamber to decontaminate and partically destroy the infectious waste. Autoclaving doesn't fully destroy the waste, but it can cause it to lose upwards of 60% of its overall mass. While autoclaving is a safer way to fully decontaminate, the downside is it doesn't completely destroy waste. This means more of the waste must be permanently stored.
Where is infectious waste stored?
Once fully decontaminated, the remaining infectious waste must be stored for safe keeping. This is true regardless of the decontamination method. The facilities that store infectious waste keep the infectious waste remains secure in a safe container. This added level of security is there to prevent any animals or people from accessing it.
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