Waste hauler Fisk Services and Hancock Regional Hospital, both based in Greenfield, formed 03 PureMed LLC and broke ground on 03 PureMed, a medical waste facility using a new technology to dispose of medical waste in an environmentally friendly way, according to a news release.
The partnership is building a 9,520-sq.-ft. facility that it said will process and sterilize all forms of medical waste from hospitals, nursing and research facilities, at a cost savings compared with traditional waste disposal.
The O3 PureMed’s disposal process uses ozone, a form of oxygen, to sterilize medical red bag waste, creating no emissions or byproducts and reducing the volume of the waste by 90 percent. Staff handling and contact is also minimized, the partners said. The process allows the sterilized shredded waste to be placed safely in a traditional landfill.