Waste treatment facility almost complete

07 December 2017 | Government

The City of Windhoek's N$50 million Health Care Risk Waste (HCRW) treatment facility is almost complete.

The facility is situated in Windhoek's Northern Industrial Area and comprises a combination of burn and non-burn technologies as well as air pollution cleaning equipment that ensures that any potential air pollution is eliminated.

According to the council agenda, the facility aims at generating an income through charging for waste transportation and treatment, with users being charged N$27.10/kg for waste treatment. Once complete, it will be the only approved facility for the treatment of medical waste and therefore all private health care providers will be obliged by law to make use of it.

Council noted that negotiations with government are ongoing and are envisaged to be fruitful, and which should ensure that state facilities will also make use of the plant.

According to Nampa, research conducted during the formulation of the City’s Solid Waste Management Policy revealed a gap in the treatment of medical waste. The current facilities, including the Katutura hospital incinerator, no longer have the capacity to sufficiently dispose of and process the increased amount of health care and medical waste in the city.

The process of establishing the facility began in 2013 and the ground breaking ceremony took place in September 2015.

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