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The Sírio-Libanês Hospital
The Sírio-Libanês Hospital in São Paulo is one of the most prominent hospitals in South America, having become internationally recognised for its commitment to healthcare.
When it decided to renovate its buildings and double its capacity, the choice to install automated waste collection was taken in order to ensure that waste collection in and around the hospital was modernised and made as simple and as hygienic as possible.
After winning the contract – the first of its kind in a Latin American hospital – Envac set about designing a system that could collect the waste of 650 beds across two fractions: waste and linen.
Envac installed two separate pipe networks – one for linen and one for general waste – that would transport waste from 116 disposal points, located over 16 floors, throughout the hospital.
Used linen is now transported from the disposal points, via airflow, to automated conveyors that feed the trolleys before being sent to the laundry rooms. General waste is simply transported by vacuum technology to a waste collection station before being placed in hermetically sealed containers and sent to be processed.
In both instances, a central computer automatically manages the process and provides the hospital with real time data relating to collection levels and frequency.
Since the system became operational in 2017, Sírio-Libanês Hospital’s Envac system has:
The adoption of pneumatic collection is in line with the polices adopted by the Sírio-Libanês Hospital related to the quality of care, patient safety and sustainability. The decision to use the system, taken at the beginning of the expansion of our structure, was one of the factors that contributed to Green Building Gold obtained for the new towers. This is a great innovation in the hospital area in Brazil with important benefits for the operation of our institution.Dr Paulo Chapchap, CEO of the Sírio-Libanês Hospital
Type of development Hospital
Waste collection capacity 650 beds
City Sao Paolo
Client The Sirio Libanes Hospital
Envac contract awarded 2012
Type of project Upgrading
Type of system SVS
Pipe network dimension (mm)
Pipe network length (mts) 800
Nr. of waste fractions 2
Type of waste fraction General hospital waste and Linen
Nr. of storage tanks (MOVAC) N/A
Number of apartments N/A