Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) announced the opening of its expanded medical and hazardous waste incinerator in Al Ain that underwent an AED25 million expansion. With a capacity to treat nearly 12 tons/day of medical and hazardous waste (500 kilograms per hour), the facility will help Tadweer achieve its strategic goal of improving the efficiency of integrated waste management sector in Abu Dhabi as outlined by Abu Dhabi Environment Vision 2030.
Operated in collaboration with Cleanco Waste Treatment, the incinerator uses the latest international practices in the collection and treatment of different types of medical and hazardous wastes generated by hospitals, clinics, healthcare centres, pharmacies, educational institutions, government facilities, and commercial entities in the city of Al Ain. This allows the producers of medical waste in Abu Dhabi to comply with the relevant rules and regulations concerning the treatment of medical and hazardous wastes through close partnership between the public and private sectors, according to the statement.
Furthermore, Tadweer said it has put in place an electronic waste tracking system to ensure the highest international safety standards in waste collection and transportation.
The incinerator burns hazardous wastes at temperatures of up to 1200 degrees Celsius to meet the environmental regulations of the UAE regarding the emission of gases resulting from incineration, ensuring that the emission levels do not exceed the standards set by the European Union. The incineration process results in the production of 5 percent per ton of ashes, which is disposed of in a sustainable manner to a dedicated sanitary landfill in the city of Al Ain.
This facility operates in coordination with Tadweer’s strategic partners including Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD), Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), and Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), while protecting the interests of waste producers and sparing them from additional burdens.
“Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic began, Tadweer has taken stringent measures to ensure the highest health and safety standards in the treatment of medical waste. This is because such wastes require 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 His Excellency Dr Salem Al Kaabi, Director General of Tadweer. “As the treatment of medical and hazardous waste demands a different approach, we closely work with our partners to ensure its safe treatment in line with the directives of our wise leadership and the strategic objectives of Abu Dhabi Environment Vision 2030.”