Bio-medical waste facility to be launched in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 February) – A bio-medical waste facility will be opened Thursday near the sanitary landfill in New Carmen, Magtuod.

The 200-square meter pyroclave facility uses pyrolysis process, a technology that requires no burning with a temperature of 1,500 degrees Celsius.

The technology, which disinfects and disintegrates hospital wastes, was created by the Rad Green Solutions Inc., a research and development company in the city.

Bert Barriga, the company’s consultant and executive vice president of the Information and Communication Technology Davao said Monday the pyroclave facility can accommodate three tons a day.

An average of 2.5 tons medical wastes are collected in the city daily.

Barriga told reporters that the pyroclave is designed for all kinds of waste except nuclear biohazard waste.

The cost of a pyroclave unit is worth “a little over three million (pesos)”, he said, citing that Rad Green Solutions has financed the facility and will charge hospitals here with P20 per kilo for the disinfection of medical wastes, excluding collection fees.

Barriga said the pyroclave equipment was being done in the city, although he refused to divulge the exact location.

He said aside from the one in New Carmen, the city has pyroclave equipment in a hospital here, which he also would not want to identify, that has been operational since three months ago.

Cagayan de Oro City and Bulacan also have pyroclave equipment from the Rad Green Solutions, while General Santos City and Manila will soon have one, he said.

He said the company acquired its intellectual property right for the equipment from the World International Patent Organization in Geneva, Switzerland last December.

He added that Ricky Dayot, vice president of Rad Green Solutions will apply on April for the US certification so that the company can start to position globally.

Dayot earlier said they will collect some 50,000 sharps waste from health centers here and turn them into char using its pyroclave facility, free of charge.

Sharps wastes include syringes and injection devices, blades, contaminated glass and plastics that are used to puncture or lacerate.

The Rad Green Solutions is one of the three Filipino companies that were chosen for a three-month immersion and funding mission at Plug and Play Tech Center in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, California.

Barriga said after the Silicon Valley immersion, their company had received several inquiries already from other countries. (Lorie Ann Cascaro/MindaNews)