UC Health Uses Ozone Technology to Process Regulated Medical Waste In-House

Thanks to the OMW-1000 from Clean Waste Systems, UC Health is processing their own biohazard waste at UC Medical Center—with zero emissions. After Environmental Services team members collect their red medical waste bags and bring them to the OMW machine, the waste is lifted into the shredding mechanism, where it’s exposed to manufactured ozone with moisture—making it completely unrecognizable and safe to be taken to a landfill. 
 
After an approximately six-month process to get the Environmental Protection Agency, the Cincinnati Health Department and waste hauler Rumpke on board, UC Health has processed 270 tons of waste per year through the OMW, with zero emissions total. 
 
“This makes a huge difference,” Dennis Thomas, assistant vice president of support services at UC Medical Center, said. “It aligns with our mission—we’re bettering our communities and the environment, and our patients live in the communities with us, so we’re being good neighbors.”