Aemerge RedPak launches medical waste treatment center in Hesperia

Announced Date :  Dec 06, 2017


Aemerge RedPak has announced the opening of its revolutionary medical waste treatment facility that destroys and sterilizes medical waste, converts it to clean energy and diverts up to 95 percent of treated waste from landfills. The new $55 million facility will create 30 mortgage-paying jobs.
To commemorate this unprecedented step forward, RedPak was joined by California's Business Incentives Gateway (CBIG), the City of Hesperia and the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at the facility.

"With no previous alternatives, California currently disposes much of its infectious medical waste by hauling it to incinerators across the country, which is not only inefficient, but also has significant negative impacts on the environment and surrounding communities," said Adam Seger, President of Aemerge RedPak. "We are thrilled to offer RedPak as a safer, cleaner and more responsible solution for treating and disposing of medical waste."

Since 2001, when California's last medical waste incinerator was shut down in Oakland, approximately 720 million pounds of medical waste have been hauled long distances to be treated in other states as far as Maryland, Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, North Dakota, Oregon, and Utah.  Certain categories of medical waste, such as, pharmaceuticals, trace chemo, pathological, and anatomical require high heat treatment and incineration out of the State's borders was the only option, until now.

Aemerge RedPak operates the only fully permitted "high heat" treatment facility in California for all categories of medical waste, including pharmaceutical, pathological, trace chemo, sharps and biohazardous materials. It treats all these forms of waste through a first-of-its-kind advanced patented technology system called the Carbonizer.

The Carbonizer system works by processing organic waste in a negative pressure, no oxygen environment with high heat. The result of waste treatment is three simple, sterile co-products: synthesis gas (syngas) which is captured and converted to clean energy, treated glass and metals which are recycled, and carbon char which is repurposed as alternative fuel. As a result of this process, 95 percent of waste treated is diverted from landfills.

"Aemerge RedPak is going to revolutionize the way medical waste is treated in this country," said Mayor Paul Russ. "We look forward to having that revolution start here in Hesperia."

"The opening of the new Aemerge Redpak facility in Hesperia is great news for our region and for California. New and innovative businesses like this one have a home here in the High Desert, and it's a positive sign for our local economy," said Congressman Paul Cook.

"As the Chair of two state financing authorities that have been integrally involved in the development of the Aemerge Redpak project, I am pleased to offer my endorsement of the groundbreaking technology that will help dispose of California generated medical waste without diverting such waste to our landfills," said California State Treasurer John Chiang. "The partnership between Aemerge and the Treasurer's Office is a prime example of how the public and private sector can work together to achieve beneficial outcomes."

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