Opportunities in emerging markets

5. March 2018


The Styria based company Christof Industries has recently developed a user-friendly device, called SinTon, for the sterilisation of medical waste. The use of disposable products daily generates a high level of infectious residues, which must be disposed of in a cumbersome manner. Using SinTon, a combination of saturated steam and microwave energy completely eliminates the risk of germs so that medical waste can be disposed of with household waste. 25 of these Styrian high-tech devices have now been exported to Laos. This is a real revolution for the country in Southeast Asia, as medical waste in developing countries is usually disposed of in the untreated state together with household waste. This can lead to infectious diseases being transmitted to humans by animals.


Safe and environmentally-friendly disposal of microbiological waste


Every day, thousands of tonnes of microbiological waste are produced – in hospitals, private clinics, doctor’s surgeries and laboratories across the globe. The growing use of disposable products in this field is also leading to a rapid increase in infectious waste. What can be done with such enormous quantities of dangerous waste matter? New responses to this challenge are needed.


The traditional solution: incineration
Vast quantities of infectious waste – in particular in developing countries – are still dealt with by means of incineration, with the result that significant volumes of toxic gases such as hydrogen chloride, hydrogen cyanide, and dioxins are released into the environment when the disposable products employed in this field, many of which are made of plastic, in particular PVC, are burned. The use of emission filters serves only to displace the problem and not resolve it, as the filters too have to be disposed of at the end of their lifetimes. For this reason, the incineration of medical waste at small-scale facilities is banned in most European countries and in the USA. Only special large-scale facilities with highly complex filtering capabilities are permitted to carry out incinerations of this kind. This however results in further problems: long transport routes, specialised storage facilities, and longer storage times for infected waste – during which bacteria can proliferate. In summary: the incineration of medical waste has numerous disadvantages, from both an economic and an ecological perspective.


The sinTion concept: safe disposal on site

Christof Industries has consciously chosen to take a different path with its sinTion technology. Instead of transporting and incinerating dangerous waste, we make safe, easy and efficient disposal possible directly on site. The principle:

  • Sterilisation and disinfection of the waste by means of patented technology developed in-
  • The advantage: The combination of saturated vapour and microwaveenergy ensures the maximum possible effectiveness and high rates of throughput.
  • The result: Disinfected and sterilised waste that can be shredded (integrated system with shredTion).
  • The waste, the volume of which is significantly reduced by the shredding process, can be
    added to the normal garbage collection.

sinTion is in use across the globe – not only in Central Europe but also in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Australia. The device has earned all important international accreditations and certifications, e.g. from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) Berlin, and the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP).

Here you can find further information.


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