Dubai Municipality treats over 350 tons of medical waste contaminated by Covid-19
UAE, Dubai, Monday 11 May 2020
Dubai Municipality since the emerging of Covid-19 pandemic, has came up with a detailed plan for treating polluted waste, according to global best environmental practices, in coordination among the Waste Management Department, the Crisis Team at Dubai Municipality, Dubai Health Authority, and the Ministry of Health and Community Protection.
Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality said that the procedure of medical waste treatment is considered one of the very vital stages in a sustainable waste management system. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Dubai Municipality manages medical waste taken from both public and private clinics, hospitals, health care centers, and laboratories, then being transported directly to Jebel Ali Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility affiliated to Dubai Municipality, in order to get treated on a daily basis by central medical waste treatment systems designated for this purpose, and it is equipped with the best international environmental systems to ensure the protection and sustainability of the environment, where more treatment has been done from approximately 350 tons of this waste since the beginning of the crisis until the end of last April, at a rate ranging between (5 – 6) tons per day.
Eng. Abdul Majeed Saifaie, Director of Waste Management Department at Dubai Municipality said that all medical waste is dealt technically according to highest levels of occupational health and safety, except that medical waste contaminated with Covid-19 are sterilized upon arrival at the facility directly, and have priority in treatment over the rest of other medical waste for disposal as soon as possible. All equipment, vehicles, and the areas are completely sterilized to avoid any biological danger, and it is worth noting that this type of waste is being received around the clock within three shifts per day.
Corridors have been added to sterilize employees, customers, and individuals working in the field of biological waste transportation. The municipality has contracted with one of the leading companies in the field of medical waste treatment to supply a highly advanced mobile medical waste station, capable of receiving medical waste contaminated with all types of infectious viruses, including Covid-19. This station contains modern and advanced systems to treat all types of gases and emissions generated from processing operations, in addition to that all companies operating in the field of waste management and their customers have been circulated to provide special containers for collecting used masks, hand gloves, and other personal protection. This is due to the specificity of dealing with these wastes as they may pose a threat to public health.