Ministry to issue $20m tender to handle medical, hazardous waste

waste management sorting facility worker
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AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment is preparing a tender for having specialized units process and handle medical and hazardous waste at the Swaqa landfill, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

These will be “chemical and other processing and handling units, at a cost that may reach more than JD20 million,” the paper quoted a source as saying.

Al-Ghad was told the “the tender for the processing and handling units will be presented to local companies, which can use a partner from outside the Kingdom with experience in this field”.

The total area of the landfill is 8,000 dunums, of which 1,200 dunums are currently being used. The landfill receives 3,000 tonnes of industrial and medical waste annually; currently, the quantity of waste stored is estimated at 30,000 tonnes.

The Environment Department at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and the Environment chose the site, 125km southeast of Amman, in 1989.

The ministry has allocated JD1 million from the Environment Protection Fund to prepare studies on the required standards and specifications, and assess the expertise of companies that will build incinerators at the Swaqa landfill.

A tender was launched for this purpose through the Public Tenders Department and the Ministry of Works to attract companies wishing to conduct these studies before one is chosen to implement the project.

The Kingdom produces 2.7 million tonnes of municipal solid waste annually, of which 2,745 tonnes are medical waste, and 45,000 tonnes are hazardous industrial waste, according to government statistics. About 2,000 tonnes are transported to the hazardous waste treatment center annually. 

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