Coronavirus: Al Ain incinerator gets Dh25m upgrade after surge in medical waste

The facility can handle 1,000 kilograms of waste an hour

The medical waste incinerator in Al Ain burns hazardous garbage at temperatures of up to 1200°C. Courtesy Tadweer
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Authorities have completed a major Dh25 million upgrade to a medical waste incinerator in Al Ain.

The expansion comes amid a surge in such waste after the Covid-19 pandemic, authorities said.

The unit can now treat 1,000 kilograms of waste an hour across its three lines – up from 500kg an hour on two lines.

The facility burns hazardous material at temperatures of up to 1200°C.

Official statistics on the additional waste generated during the pandemic have not been released yet but the head of Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) said the highest safety standards had been implemented at the unit. Another waste facility is in the capital.

"Waste requires careful handling, especially in the wake of the pandemic that led to an increase in the generation of medical waste by healthcare facilities in the emirate," said Salem Al Kaabi, director general of Tadweer.

“At Tadweer, we spare no effort in creating a healthy environment for the community as part of our continued commitment to elevating the status of Abu Dhabi as one of the best capital cities in the world," said Mr Al Kaabi.

“As the treatment of medical and hazardous waste demands a different approach, we closely work with our partners to ensure its safe treatment."

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