Challenge call for corporate and R&D response to COVID19 health crisis in Serbia

Medical waste


Centre for hazardous waste treatment

Short description:

Building a centre for ecological treatment of medical and other hazardous waste.


Trayal corporation Kruševac

Requested Budget:

500.000 USD

Time frame:

12 months
Problem: After the medical and other hazardous waste is collected and disposed of, it must be safely destroyed to prevent contamination and spread of health-endangering agents to people and environment. Serbia doesn’t have a plant with the necessary permits for the simultaneous destruction of large amounts of waste caused by natural disasters and epidemics, or for destruction of waste that can cause the spread of an infection. There are several small plants for the treatment of specific hazardous waste, with technology and equipment provided by foreign suppliers. However, these plants meet less than a third of Serbia's needs, resulting in huge funds spent for exporting this type of waste.
Solution: To build a centre for treatment of infective and other dangerous waste by thermal incineration, in accordance with national and EU regulations and procedures, and to establish a development centre for training and education of staff. The first phase of development envisions employing 22 workers and building the capacity to thermally treat 18 tons of waste per day/6.570 tons annually. The thermal and electrical energy produced through thermic treatment of waste could be used within the centre and by other parties as well. Further capacity development would be funded by profit made in this phase, reaching return of investment after 6.3 years. The applied software for plant operation management, as well as technology and equipment for waste treatment procured from the local suppliers would be a novelty in the Republic of Serbia, especially when it comes to the large capacity of the plant and the possibility to treat hazardous waste of different origin and degree of recyclability.
Additional info: This project is highly innovative in terms of addressing both medical waste treatment and green energy production. It offers a sustainable solution for hazardous waste in Serbia. Both UNDP and WHO have confirmed the value and need for this type of solution. The length of the project indicates that this is a long-term solution. The requested budget corresponds to the anticipated investment needs for a project of this kind.