The CARES Act provides nearly $10 Billion to approximately 50,000 healthcare facilities including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), Rural Health Centers (RHC) and Long-Term Care facilities. The intent of the funds is to enhance and drive innovation within infection control protocols and systems in response to COVID-19.  Today, OnSite Waste Technologies, Inc. announced a new program designed for FQHC’s, RNC’s and Long-Term Care facilities to take advantage of OnSite’s TE-5000 immediate sterilization system using the CARES Act grants. The newly-engineered solution utilizes proprietary technology that enables medical facilities to safely and quickly dispose of medical waste without costly and environmentally-damaging implications stemming from traditional waste-hauling methods1.

Many providers have already used the grant to stockpile gloves, masks and other PPE without exhausting the funds available to them.  Eligible for purchase under the Act, OnSite’s TE-5000 desktop unit accomplishes immediate sterilization through a controlled heating process,  effectively turning infectious waste like “Sharps” and “Red-Bag Waste” into normal trash. This highly-efficient process allows medical facilities to potentially realize significant waste disposal savings while helping reduce their CO2emissions and creating a more sterile environment for patients and staff. This is a monumental step forward for an industry that has been forced to utilize expensive, environmentally-damaging hauling for nearly half a century.

“Medical providers have been storing and hauling infectious waste for nearly 50 years at a cost of about $4 Billion annually2– and with the unprecedented threat of COVID-19, that number is primed for increase,” said Brad Barnes, CEO at OnSite Waste Technologies.  “We’re proud to help slow the spread and reduce the impact of COVID-19 by helping medical providers effectively sterilize and convert infectious waste into an easy-to-dispose ‘brick’ suitable for safe disposal. The TE-5000 operates at a fraction of the cost of archaic hauling methods and can help facilities reduce their carbon footprint by as much as 90% as they deal with the influx of COVID-19 waste3.”

Reports place the U.S. healthcare system as contributing 9%-10% of National greenhouse gas emissions4. The TE-5000’s proprietary technology has been reviewed by over 75 regulatory authorities and has received a 100% approval rating.  Qualified medical facilities stand to reduce costs by as much as 30% by switching to the system and based on their individual disposal plans, can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions3. “It is really a win-win for the medical professionals and the environment,” said Barnes. “The CARES Act is inspiring the rapid adoption of a 21st century solution a problem that has been a thorn in the side of medical facilities since the 1960s.”

OnSite Waste Technologies’ TE-5000 heats contents to 350-400 degrees for 90 minutes, ensuring all bacteria, viruses – such as COVID-19 – and spores are completely destroyed. From there, all plastic components of the of the medical waste are melted down, reduced to a disposable “brick” which eliminates any chance of reuse.

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1Ideal for medical facilities disposing less than 200 pounds of waste per month; otherwise, recognized as Small-Quantity Generators (SQG)
2Medical Waste Management Market Size, Share, Demand Analysis
3Based on estimates stemming from hauling distance, gas mileage and carbon released by diesel vs. carbon cost of electricity
4Estimated Global Disease Burden From US Health Care Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions