FAQ - Bertin medical Waste


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Local treatment of infectious waste is cost efficient, safe and eco-friendly.


Cost effective

  • No specific carrier required to transfer the infectious waste (less expensive).
  • As soon as the STERILWAVE cycle is complete, the treated waste can be transferred to the standard onsite municipall waste collection point.
  • Volume reduction after treatment: 80%.
  • Weight reduction after treatment: 25%.
  • Thanks to its low running costs, STERILWAVE is one of the most cost effective solutions on the market.


Safe solution

  • Less intermediate handling. Eliminates the risk of personnel exposure.
  • Eliminates the need to store infectious waste onsite until collection.
  • Infectious waste is dealt with as it is produced.



  • Makes onsite treatment possible
  • Eliminates frequent and polluting transport of waste containers that are often up to 80% empty
  • Transforms hazardous waste into unrecognizable (finely-ground) municipal waste which can be reused as fuel (eg: cement plant kiln)
  • No liquid effluents. No hazardous emissions
  • Requires only a 400 V 3-phase 50 A electrical power supply

Metallic waste such as implants or needles is absolutely not a problem and can be ground and treated by STERILWAVE. It will be finely ground and become totally unrecognizable (all kinds of waste have a similar appearance after treatment).
In relation with the biggest waste dimension could be found deformed in the chamber after the treatment cycle by the rotative blace (blade made with very tough steel) in order to optimize equipment efficiency, Original Equipment Manufacturers recommend that large size metallic waste should not be disposed of in infectious hazardous waste bags.

Contrary to autoclaving systems which need trained and skilled operators (equipment under pressure: 2.5 to 3 bars), the STERILWAVE concept does not require specific training or approval. A simple and efficient 1-hour training course is all that end users need to be able to operate the equipment with optimal results.

Based on microwave technology, our concept makes it possible to heat the ground waste more quickly, thoroughly and efficiently than autoclaving systems.
Moreover, the various test reports we have made in independent laboratories have all resulted in microbial inactivation above 8log10. Please note that these results all exceed the requirements of standard NF X30-503 and are above or equal to the results with autoclaving systems.


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