Medical waste incinerators to generate electricity in Tehran

November 18, 2015 - 0:0

TEHRAN — Medical waste incinerators will soon go into operation in Tehran with the ultimate goal of generating electricity, the managing director of Tehran Municipality’s Waste Management Organization said.

Hossein Ja’fari added that a memorandum of understanding has been signed by the organization and ministry of health in this regard, the ISNA news agency reported on Monday.

“Currently, almost all the hospitals in Tehran are under a contract to collect and deliver their waste to the organization,” he said, adding that “we are planning on drawing up contracts with the rest of clinics and surgical facilities in Tehran as well.”

Ja’fari referred to construction and demolition waste (C&D waste), explaining that about 50,000 tons of C&D waste is being produced in Tehran on a daily basis which has caused serious problems.

“In line with our policies to solve such problems we have nearly doubled the C&D waste recycling and recently signed two contracts, aiming to increase waste treatment by 5,000 tons,” he highlighted.

He also said that soon a factory will be set up which has the potential to recycle many elements of construction waste such as dredging materials, rubles and etc.

In August, Mohammad Sadeqzadeh, the managing director of Renewable Energy Organization of Iran, said that some 700 megawatts of electricity will be generated by biopower plants in Iran by 2020, said.

Biopower uses biomass, including wood, agricultural residues, and animal and human waste, to create electricity through various technologies.