TERSA begins to manage medical waste from hospitals

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TERSA, a publicly-owned company that provides circular economy-related environmental services, has been authorised by the Catalan Waste Agency (ARC) to treat medical waste in the current context of COVID-19.

This week, the Sant Adrià de Besòs Waste-to-Energy (WtE) Plant began to receive medical waste from the Sant Pau, Vall d’Hebron and Terrassa hospitals, amongst others. This waste will be treated in addition to the healthcare waste that has been managed by TERSA since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, which has come from reconverted hotels, nursing homes with coronavirus patients and other healthcare centres. The WtE plant will also continue to treat municipal waste as usual.

The ARC has taken this temporary measure to ensure the safe and correct management of healthcare waste, which has grown by 350% in Catalonia since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to plant manager, Alessandro Leotta, “the thermal treatment at temperatures of 1,000 degrees to which the waste is subjected ensures the elimination of any traces of the virus, thus contributing positively to public health and the peace of mind of citizens”.

The WtE plant has ensured the continuity of its activity whilst adopting the necessary preventive and protection measures necessary to guarantee the health and safety of its workforce. The plant manager also pointed out that “like other essential service providers, the waste management and treatment sector has maintained
its commitment to the provision of its services and to citizens”.