System and method for treating infectious waste matter

  • US 20040018112A1
  • Filed: 07/23/2002
  • Published: 01/29/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/23/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for digesting or neutralizing undesirable materials by subjecting them to a controlled alkaline hydrolysis cycle to generate a sterile resultant suitable for conventional sanitary or land application disposal, said undesirable materials comprising organic tissue, biohazardous or hazardous agents and regulated medical waste, said system comprising:

  • (a) means for receiving the undesirable materials, said receiving means being capable of forming a closed reaction vessel;

    (b) means for determining the weight of the undesirable materials received within said vessel and for generating weight output data;

    (c) means for controlling the operation of the system, for receiving and considering the weight output data generated by said weight determining means in determining the appropriate amounts of water and alkali compound to introduce into the interior of the vessel;

    (d) means for introducing water within the interior of said vessel in an amount determined by said control means based on the weight output data;

    (e) means for introducing an alkali compound within the interior of said vessel in an amount determined by said control means based on the weight output data; and

    (f) means for heating the interior of the vessel to a first predetermined temperature level after the introduction of water and alkali compound into the interior of the vessel for a duration sufficient to produce a safely disposable resultant.

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