MERI uses an environmentally safe process of microwave technology that heats materials and inactivates pathogens present. Once treated, the material looks like confetti and is reduced in volume by 80%.
MERI has an animated video to show the process of medical waste going into the microwave unit, where it is shredded, injected with steam, and then microwaved. Cradle to Grave Animation – YouTube
You can also find helpful guidance, including a document on proper packaging atwww.meriinc.com/infectious-hazardous-waste-disposal-guides/
If you are unsure whether biohazardous waste in your building is picked up by MERI (for disposal as medical waste) or by Waste Management (for disposal in the landfill as trash) after autoclaving, please check with your building manager.
If you need to request the emptying or replacement of a large MERI bin from a building loading dock, please use this request form: ehs.wisc.edu/disposal-services/uw-madison-meri-container-pickup-request/
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