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Northwell and Envetec Pioneer Innovative Medical Waste Treatment in US Healthcare

Thursday, January 04, 2024

Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider and private employer in New York State, has joined forces with Envetec Sustainable Technologies Limited, a pioneering cleantech company dedicated to revolutionizing the treatment of regulated medical waste. Together, they have introduced the innovative GENERATIONS technology for the safe and efficient on-site treatment of various medical waste, including single-use laboratory plastics, glass, PPE, and sharps containers.

Northwell Health is deeply committed to leading the way toward a sustainable future in healthcare, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. The installation of GENERATIONS at the Center for Advanced Medicine, housing Northwell's core laboratory, is a crucial step in this direction. This laboratory, recognized as the largest commercial laboratory in New York, serves as the central testing hub for a vast network covering multiple hospitals, general practitioner networks, and local healthcare providers throughout the state.

By adopting the state-of-the-art clean technology offered by GENERATIONS, Northwell's core laboratory plans to treat over 500,000 pounds of regulated medical waste annually on-site. This marks a departure from conventional methods involving transportation, autoclaving, and landfill disposal. Comparative data from nine global sites suggest that GENERATIONS could potentially reduce waste-related Scope 3 emissions by up to 90%.

The significance of GENERATIONS lies in its ability to break the traditional reliance on transportation, autoclaving, incineration, and landfill disposal. By treating biohazardous waste on-site, this technology not only enhances operational efficiency but also plays a pivotal role in minimizing waste-related emissions. The collaboration between Northwell Health and Envetec Sustainable Technologies, as exemplified by the adoption of GENERATIONS, signifies a substantial leap towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly healthcare industry.


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