Re: Microwave - Medical waste disposal

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From:RUSS ALLISON <Allison@Cardiff.ac.uk>
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Dear Terry and others,

I am closely interested in such experience.
We were due to go down that road about twelve months ago.  We 
had our recntly re-furbished incinerator fail an inspection because 
the monitoring regs. had been recently revised and it would cost in 
excess of 1,000,000 pounds STERLING to have it upgraded (the 
refurb had already cost 1m plus).

Microwave/steaming was decided against and waste is now 
disposed of via contractors.  The thing I am most nervous about is 
that apparently, WE are responsible for the waste until it reaches 
the contractors premises many, many miles away and despite the 
fact that THEY transport it!!!

I understand the powers that be are now re-considering 
microwaving.  I leart when it was first proposed that the waste 
would pass, on a conveyor belt, through six successive microwave 
ovens.  It would be "macerated" either before or after - I had lost 
interest by then - and finally go to a resting place in land-fill.

I don't know what has happened to make an unsuitable option 
suddenly become acceptable again.

Russ


Russ Allison, 
Dental School
Cardiff
Wales



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