Sterilwave 440 - Bertin medical Waste


Sterilwave 440

The Sterilwave 440 is the ideal treatment solution for institutions producing a large quantity of biomedical waste, as it can treat 88kg/hour* with minimal operating costs.

The Sterilwave 440 was approved by the French Ministry of Health in 2012 and allows large institutions such as hospitals and waste collection companies to treat up to 800L of biomedical waste per hour (88kg/hr*) in complete safety.

Its innovative concept uses a suspended vessel and rotating grinder blades to grind down all types of waste. Biohazardous waste is sterilised using microwaves and converted into inert municipal waste, reducing its volume by more than 80% and its weight by 25%. Its environmental impact and operating costs are reduced while ensuring the safety of the operator. As it uses microwave technology, the Sterilwave does not need a steam generator, so there is no risk from excess pressure and no liquid effluent is produced. Its easy installation requires only 20m² of space for safe treatment of large quantities of biomedical waste.
(*with a density of 0.1kg/litre)

Reasons to choose Sterilwave 440


Bacterial inactivation higher than international regulatory standards (up to 8log10).

Easy to use

Ready-to-use system which requires no specific technical qualifications


No environmental impact – On-site treatment – No transportation – No liquid effluent.


Microwave technology – No pressurisation unlike in an autoclave.


Robust equipment – No more storage, easy to maintain

Waste capacity

880 L / h – Up to 88 kg / h
(with a density of 1l = 0,1kg)

Vessel capacity


Average cycle time

30 – 32′

Dimensions (L x W x D)

2 x 1,1 x 2 m


1400 kg

Recommended working area

10 sq.m (full workflow area)
Ceiling height: 3m
(3.85m with automatic loading option)


400V/ 3-Phase, 63A


Grinding by rotating blades and heating by microwaves

Microbial inactivation

Spore up to 8log10
Virus up to 6log10
STAATT requirements and NFX30-503 compliant

Volume reduction

Up to 80%

Weight reduction

Up to 25%

Final Waste

Unrecognizable, inert, dry, stable

Loading Process

Manual or Automatic (option)

Process management

Full traceability

Full decontamination

Biohazardous waste is sterilised with microwaves (heat it up to 110°C for 20 minutes) and allows microbial inactivation of up to 8log10.

Safe processing

Microwave sterilisation technology does not require pressurisation, and this removes any risk of explosion. Moreover, the microwaves are confined to the inside of the vessel to avoid operator exposure to radiation.

No liquid effluent

The treatment process does not produce any steam or liquid effluent, which means no consumption of water and no need to include an effluent drainage system in its installation.

No segregation

The Sterilwave is suitable for all types of biomedical waste (needles, glass, solids, liquids, etc.)

Easy maintenance

The equipment is built using robust technology. IP connection for diagnostics. Preventive maintenance plan/calendar with alarm.

Reduces weight by 25% and volume by 80%

Biomedical waste is converted to inert waste similar to municipal waste. The dry ground-up waste can also be used as secondary fuel.

With its automated grinding and microwave sterilisation process contained in a single vessel, the Sterilwave can produce bacterial inactivation (higher than 8log10) of biomedical waste in less than 30 minutes, in complete safety and without intermediate handling. Unlike autoclave technologies, our system does not require the vessel to be pressurised. The Sterilwave converts biomedical waste into dry waste which is inert and completely disinfected, reducing its weight by more than 25% and its volume by 80%. The end product is similar to municipal waste and can then be fed into standard urban waste systems.


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