Red Bag Solutions, Inc. and Partners Cooperative, Inc. Sign Agreement to Deliver Onsite Biohazardous Waste Processing Services to Member Healthcare Systems

Atlanta, Georgia. September 4, 2018 - Red Bag Solutions, Inc., a leader in providing innovative technology, equipment and services for on-site processing of medical and biohazardous waste, and Partners Cooperative, Inc, a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) representing 25 healthcare systems serving the southeastern United States, have announced a three-year agreement to provide Steam Sterilization and Maceration (SSM) technology, a cost effective and environmentally responsible method for  processing  biohazardous medical waste. The onsite, chemical-free SSM process simultaneously macerates (grinds) and sterilizes the waste using only superheated water and steam.  The confetti like end product, which is sterilized, unrecognizable and HIPAA compliant, may be disposed of in an ordinary landfill, recycled or otherwise repurposed. The liabilities associated with transporting medical waste through the community and ultimately placing it in a landfill are eliminated. Onsite processing can also enhance a facility’s environmental sustainability initiatives and profile in the local community. 

The agreement brings together Red Bag Solutions’ technological insights, operational efficiency, and environmental protection mission with the dedication of Partners Cooperative member hospitals in the pursuit of optimal healthcare at affordable pricing.

Mr. Larry Harvey, Red Bag Solutions Chief Commercial Officer commented: “Red Bag Solutions provides Partners Cooperative Members a solution that is: cost effective, efficient, and environmentally superior to other options available today.  Our goals are to deliver an environmentally friendly, HIPAA compliant and cost sensitive biohazardous waste treatment option.” 

About Red Bag Solutions, Inc.:

For more than a quarter century Red Bag Solutions has provided innovative technology, equipment and services for on-site processing of medical and biohazardous waste. The company has manufactured and sold its patented Steam Sterilization and Maceration (SSM) systems throughout the world.  Red Bag Solutions' patented Steam Sterilization and Maceration (SSM) technology is the basis of our unique biohazardous waste processing system. It is designed for safe, efficient and cost-effective processing of:

Biological agents and infectious materials,

  • Needles, syringes and disposable surgical instruments,
  • Contaminated plastics,
  • Sharps containers/needle boxes,
  • Confidential media and proprietary materials,
  • Blood products and body fluids,
  • Pathogens: bacterial, viral, fungi or proteinaceous infectious agents,
  • Contaminated small animal carcasses and animal bedding,
  • Some pharmaceuticals.

SSM processed waste is sterilized, safe and no longer recognizable as medical waste. Therefore, it can be repurposed, recycled or disposed of as ordinary municipal trash.  Unlike medical waste incinerators and autoclaves, SSM processing is free of objectionable odors and does not release any negative air emissions. It is more environmentally friendly and less costly than other on-site medical waste management alternatives.

Red Bag Solutions' customers include hospitals and healthcare facilities, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and diagnostic laboratories and research facilities. We realize that every facility's requirements are unique and we work hard to make sure that those specific requirements are met.

About Partners Cooperative, Inc.:

Partners Cooperative, Inc., based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a southeastern regional hospital shared services cooperative (not for profit) providing contracting and purchasing services to its 25 affiliated hospital networks including: