Medical waste shredder machine price comparison – How much does it cost to dispose of infectious medical waste?

18-04-2022

Healthcare waste disposal methods like medical waste shredder machines have become increasingly popular alongside autoclaves and the ever-present incinerators. Among the many factors that play a role in the decision to choose a waste disposal method, the price of a medical waste shredder is definitely one of them.

Medical facilities have no choice but to find a safe solution for waste removal that adheres to current environmental and governmental regulations. Fortunately, thanks to an abundance of available options, smaller clinics and larger hospitals can all find a solution to suit their needs and keep medical waste disposal costs from skyrocketing.

In Celitron’s next article, we shall offer a basic price comparison of medical waste shredders and other popular methods so you can get an idea of the costs you can expect for medical waste disposal.


Medical waste shredder machine price comparison – A look at the potential costs of medical waste disposal with autoclaves and incinerators

Medical waste shredder machines are also known as hybrid autoclaves or new-generation autoclaves. Apart from high-pressure and high-temperature steam, they also use powerful crushing blades (AKA an integrated shredder) to treat an even greater range of infectious medical waste.

To get the full picture of the price of a medical waste shredder machine or any other medical waste disposal method, the potential costs can be arranged into two main categories: capital costs and operational costs.


1. The capital costs make up the base price of buying a medical waste shredder machine/autoclave/incinerator. Most vendors provide custom quotes for their pricing.

This includes:

  • purchasing the equipment and other accessories
  • taxes
  • shipment
  • site preparation
  • indirect costs like project management, consultation fees, engineering, permits, testing


2. The operational costs of a medical waste shredder machine/autoclave/incinerator are about using and maintaining the equipment in the long term.

This includes:

  • labour (wages and benefits)
  • utilities like electricity, steam, diesel, natural gas, water
  • maintenance and repairs
  • indirect costs like administrative costs, insurance, or periodic training


Medical waste shredder machine price comparison with autoclaves and incineration

A detailed report from the UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) offers insight into the capital and operational costs of medical waste disposal methods, by comparing the average price ranges of autoclaves, medical waste shredder machines (hybrid autoclaves) and incinerators. The report provides a price comparison based on data from almost 40 different vendors around the world.

Capital costs were plotted against the capacity of the method in kilogram/hour.


Capital price comparison of medical waste shredder machines with autoclaves and incinerators

  • The average price range of an autoclave (up to 100 kgs of treatable medical waste per hour)
    20 000 – 120 000 USD
  • The average price range of an autoclave (more than 100 kgs of treatable medical waste per hour)
    75 000 – 200 000 USD
  • The average price range of a medical waste shredder machine/hybrid autoclave (up to 100 kgs of treatable medical waste per hour)
    50 000 – 125 000 USD
  • The average price range of a medical waste shredder machine/hybrid autoclave (more than 100 kgs of treatable medical waste per hour)
    250 000 – 650 000 USD
  • The average price range of an on-site incinerator equipped with air pollution controls that meet current international standards (capacity between 5 and 3500 kgs/hour)
    900 000 – 4 000 000 USD


Operational price comparison of medical waste shredder machines with autoclaves and incinerators

  • The average price range of an autoclave (capacity between 2 and 3600 kgs/hour)
    0.14 – 0.33 USD per kg
  • The average price range of a medical waste shredder machine/hybrid autoclave (capacity between 18 and 2200 kgs/hour)
    0.05 – 0.12 USD per kg
  • The average price range of an on-site incinerator equipped with air pollution controls that meet current international standards (capacity between 5 and 3500 kgs/hour)
    0.27 – 1.66 USD per kg


Conclusions about price comparisons between medical waste shredder machines, autoclaves, and incinerators

As you can see, the price range of medical waste shredder machines, autoclaves, and incinerators can vary greatly. On average, it is clear that incinerators are more costly than autoclaves and shredders.

While the average capital costs of medical waste shredder machines may initially result in a higher price, they also have lower operational costs. These are often overlooked when buying a medical waste disposal solution, even though in the long term, they always outweigh capital costs. Price-wise, this makes hybrid/new generation autoclaves one of the best long-term solutions for disposing of infectious waste.

Of course, price shouldn’t be the only factor when deciding on what method to choose. Each technology has its pros and cons, and you should always consider what kind of waste you need to treat. For example, pathological, trace chemotherapy, and pharmaceutical waste is recommended to be treated in incinerators.


Applications of Celitron’s medical waste shredder machine – The Integrated Sterilizer and Shredder

Celitron’s medical waste shredder machine can eliminate all kinds of infectious medical waste on-site, such as:

  • Medical waste contaminated with blood/blood by-products
  • Discarded diagnostic samples containing blood and body fluids
  • Medical waste originating from isolation ward patients
  • Surgical equipment, hypodermic needles, sharps waste containers
  • Vaccine roller bottles and other cell culture dishes, specimen containers
  • Swabs, textiles, bandages, paper, glass, plastic, disposable medical instruments


Why should I choose Celitron’s shredder machine? What kind of prices can I expect?

Sustainable and cost-effective operation: adheres to EU and WHO regulations, no harmful substances, no bad odors. Energy-saving modes not only reduce your environmental footprint but your operational costs as well.

Different models for facilities of all sizes: Celitron’s medical waste shredder machine comes in different models with capacities ranging from 25l to 560l, offering prices suitable for smaller clinics and larger hospitals as well.

An automatic process with extra safety features: a one-touch, user-friendly operation that requires no previous technical background. The doors of our medical waste shredder machine cannot be opened while the pressure and temperature are still too high within the vessel.


If you’re looking for a practical, sustainable, and cost-effective way for medical waste disposal on-site, you can count on Celitron’s medical waste shredder machine to provide you with an ideal solution for the long term.

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