A sensible investment
REMONDIS Medison’s plans to build a second disinfection facility for infectious hospital waste at the Lippe Plant in Lünen have received official approval. “Coronavirus-infected waste also falls into the category of infectious waste and is already being transformed into non-hazardous waste in our other disinfection facility,” explained Ulrich Hankeln, managing director of REMONDIS Medison.
Harmful viruses made safe
“Disinfection facilities are extremely important – especially in a pandemic,” Hankeln continued. Commissioned in 2015, the company’s current facility uses steam to destroy germs, spores, viruses and bacteria, so that infectious hospital waste can be transformed into non-infectious waste. The high-calorific substitute fuel produced as a result of this process is then used by the Lippe Plant’s fluidised-bed power station to generate electricity and steam. Making the most of these facilities prevents the spread of viruses such as the latest coronavirus, SARS-CoV2.
“The safe collection and treatment of infectious waste is an important component of our healthcare system here in Germany – and not just since the spread of coronavirus.”
Ulrich Hankeln, Managing Director of REMONDIS Medison
Facility to be commissioned by the end of 2020
Medison had submitted its planning application to build a second disinfection facility back in April 2019, long before the Covid-19 emergency began. “The safe collection and treatment of infectious waste is an important component of our healthcare system here in Germany – and not just since the spread of coronavirus. It is our daily bread to handle these materials responsibly and help prevent the spread of disease,” commented Ulrich Hankeln. The company is planning to have its second disinfection facility up and running in Lünen this year to ensure there continues to be a reliable waste management service for infectious waste generated by hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and care homes in the future as well. This specialist company belonging to the REMONDIS Group will be installing state-of-the-art technology that will ensure that practically all stages of the disinfection process are fully automated – providing its employees with the highest levels of protection.
Medison’s special bins have been certified by the Robert Koch Institute. Once they have been locked, they can withstand a fall of 2 metres without being damaged.
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