Specialist Merseyside manufacturer Inciner8 supplied 20 incinerators for the United Nations to dispose of COVID-19-infected waste in war-torn Sudan. Tony McDonough reports
Specialist Merseyside manufacturer Inciner8 has delivered 20 incinerator units that will be used by the United Nations to destroy COVID-19-infected waste in Sudan.
Southport-based Inciner8 secured a contract with Intertrade International Services, working on behalf of the UN, or the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNIFSA).
It was tasked with supplying a variety of high-capacity machines to help the community of Abyei to effectively incinerate hazardous, biomedical and general waste as the pandemic rages through the war-torn region.
Intertrade provides emergency relief and general supplies to the UN and related agencies. It offers a wide range of products and services covering the supply of traditional hand tools to the most advanced equipment in the agricultural and industrial sectors, and civil and environmental protection areas.
Thousands of refugees who took residency in camps to avoid the Abyei conflict – initiated by a dispute between North and South Sudan, who each claim the land as their own – are now living with COVID-19. They haven’t previously had access to the provisions required to control waste generated by those who are infected.
Inciner8, which has been supplying incinerators, through Intertrade, to the UN to support its global missions for more than 15 years, has now provided a range of incinerator systems which will ensure the safe destruction of all potentially infectious waste.This will create more hygienic environments and improve biosecurity at all campsites.
The 20 incinerators provided to the UN offer four different waste capacities, burn materials in excess of 850 degrees celsius, include a two-second retention time and quick deployment capabilities. This latest order takes Inciner8’s total number of incinerators completed for UN missions to 49.
Mike Melia, managing director at Inciner8, said: “The treatment and disposal of hazardous waste is essential for the health and wellbeing of communities around the world.
“Some of the poorest regions on the planet, such as Abyei, struggle to correctly dispose of hazardous waste due to the lack of resources and facilities to do so, even in normal times. COVID-19 has amplified the risk this poses to people, ten-fold.
“For many years, we’ve worked in partnership with the United Nations to implement waste management solutions in some of the most poverty-stricken parts of the world.
“This latest delivery of our products will ensure the community of extremely vulnerable people living in Abyei are enabled to live in more hygienic surroundings, which will in turn minimise the spread of COVID-19 bacteria and lead to a higher quality of life.”