Mendoza to open US$4.3mn medical waste plant in June

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The government of Argentina's Mendoza province plans to launch operations at a new medical waste treatment plant in Capdeville, Las Heras department in June, local daily El Sol reported.

The project required an investment of 17mn pesos (US$4.3mn) and involved building a 1,200m2 plant with capacity to process up to 14t/d of medical waste. The government must build a gas pipeline and carry out trial runs before opening the plant.

Works were carried out by Tysa-Lamcef, a consortium controlled by Argentine firm Industrias Metalúrgicas Pescarmona (Impsa), which was awarded the concession in January last year. The consortium will also collect, treat and dispose of all medical waste generated in the province.

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Previously, medical waste disposal was handled by different firms. The new contract has generated debate as health institutions will have to pay a higher price for services. Rates are expected to increase by around 9 pesos/kg of waste.

In addition, the national government is concerned that the cost of operating the plant from June-December this year could exceed the project's 6mn-peso budget. However, the health ministry is confident that the cost will fall under 6mn pesos, according to the ministry's planning and control undersecretary Ricardo Landete.