Indaver treats Corona waste safely and efficiently

Coronavirus tests how our society can pull together and best protect as many people as possible. Emergency responders and hospital staff are doing everything in their power to take care of and treat patients. Indaver also plays its societal role by treating Corona waste from hospitals.

Over the next few weeks, hospitals anticipate a huge influx of patients who are infected, or potentially infected, with Coronavirus. This entails a lot of medical waste that has to be treated quickly, safely and efficiently. Indaver has the appropriate facilities to do this. We will deal with the waste from hospitals treating patients for COVID-19 in our MediPower facility in Antwerp.

Destruction of infected material

Indaver is highly experienced in the treatment of Hazardous Medical Waste (HMW). It sees it as its mission to prevent harmful or hazardous substances from ending up in the environment or in the food chain or materials chain by destroying this waste in its rotary kiln incinerators. We will also do this with Corona waste in the MediPower rotary kiln incinerator at our site in Antwerp.

The waste is stored in the hospitals in suitable containers which have been approved for this type of waste by hospital hygienists. This packaging provides adequate protection to prevent the risk of contamination via the waste. For transportation of these containers to the Indaver facility, the standard guidelines for transportation of hazardous medical waste apply.

Protection of employees

At the waste receiving site in Antwerp, Indaver makes available the necessary personal protective equipment to ensure that its employees are able to work safely at all times.

We will treat the containers on MediPower via an automatic roller feeder system, conveyers and hoists. The containers are transferred to the incinerator automatically and in their entirety. This enables us to treat them quickly with a minimum of manual handling and our employees are given optimum protection.

Peace of mind for society

Incineration in the rotary kiln at a temperature of 950 ℃ with post combustion in the post combustion chamber ensures the most complete possible destruction of all contaminants such as potentially infected material. Indaver will be working hard in the weeks ahead to ensure that the facilities are running optimally. Critical waste flows such as hospital waste will be our priority. 

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