Finland has awarded Envac, the global manufacturer of automated waste collection systems using airflow, with contracts to install its system in four hospitals: Jyväskylä, Kainuu Central, Hyvinkää Sairaalanmäki and Tampere University.
All four installations are expected to be completed by 2020, and will transport a combined total of more than 3,000 tonnes a year of hospital linen and general waste.
Envac moves waste at up to 70km per hour through a network of pipes either hidden underground or located within the core of a building. Waste is then taken to a central collection station on the perimeter of the hospital site.
Eero Rahikka, property manager at the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, said: “Envac was the natural choice for us when it came to installing a solution capable of handling such large volumes of waste. We expect the technology to significantly streamline our collection process.”