Thermal treatment facility for clinical waste announced


A new thermal treatment facility for the treatment of clinical waste was announced by the government on Tuesday.

The process for a new high-level plant to replace the Marsa incinerator has started, as the first tender regarding design and environmental studies are set to be issued in the coming days.

During a visit to the Marsa incinerator, Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia explained the government’s vision for the waste management infrastructure and announced that €50 million will be invested in building the thermal treatment facility.

The facility will incorporate the best available technology, the minister said, adding that this would not only guarantee the ideal environmental performance but also the potential of green energy generation through the incineration process.

He noted that it would complement the waste-to-energy plant and the organic waste plant which will be developed within ECOHIVE in the coming years.

During the visit, WasteServ CEO Richard Bilocca explained that WasteServ will, in the coming days, be engaging with private slaughterhouses and livestock farms to outline that with small improvements from their end, which move away from the traditional practices they may be used to, big gains can be achieved at the plant.