Government backing gives hazardous waste tech firm green light
24 June 2014
A UK pioneer of micro-scale waste disposal, PyroPure Ltd, has been awarded over £165,000 in funding from the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, in a move that is expected to revolutionise the industry for the collection and disposal of clinical waste.
The UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, awarded the Hampshire firm a Smart grant, a funding stream for innovative projects in high growth potential SMEs, to help develop and pilot its solution for the disposal of hypodermic syringes and other medical sharps.
PyroPure technology is widely expected to reduce the cost, environmental impact and hazards associated with traditional practices. The system uses pyrolysis, a thermochemical decomposition process using high temperatures and an absence of oxygen to destroy all non-recyclable waste. PyroPure technology facilitates the on-site destruction of waste, which negates the need for waste to be stored on-site for any length of time, collected and then transported long distances before being destroyed.
The technology also dramatically decreases the cradle to grave trail of hazardous waste by reducing the number of touch points typically required by those traditionally responsible for manually handling it.
Peter Selkirk, Executive Chairman at PyroPure Ltd, comments: “This backing provides us with the assurance and official recognition that PyroPure has the potential to completely reshape the current model for waste collection within hazardous environments, where waste is expensive to dispose of and where its collection bears a degree of risk. Whilst pyrolysis isn’t new, the ability to harness its power within one small machine is and we’re confident that PyroPure Ltd is on the cusp of launching something that will irrevocably change the waste industry.”
PyroPure technology also enables the efficient recovery of metal and energy from hazardous waste. The energy can then be redistributed within the building in which the PyroPure system is located.
In a global market for medical sharps waste that is estimated to be worth £600 million PyroPure Ltd is only months away from making its technology commercially available. The company expects the system to become a major component of the hazardous waste-handling infrastructure and play a key role in reducing infection levels typically caused through the mishandling of hazardous materials.
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