Animal waste management plant inaugurated in Marsa

The new plant would assist in reducing energy losses in the incineration process in addition to reducing harmful emissions

Wasteserv inaugurated a $12 million animal waste control from Marsa earlier now.

Speaking at the inauguration of this new Wateserv EU-funded autoclave rendering plant to the treatment of animal waste, Wasteserv CEO Tonio Montebello said that the project was part of its drive to enhance the country’s waste treatment infrastructure.

Montebello also clarified that the plant would result in substantial savings made from the incineration plant, which processes several 6,000 tonnes of waste a year.

Projects director Jean Luke Zarb said that the issue with the present system was that a great deal of energy has been wasted in incinerating water or fats on the carcasses.

“This plant will work essentially as an industrial pressure cooker in that it will dry up the carcasses ahead,” he stated, adding that this would ultimately result in less electricity needed by the incinerator.

He added that the fats would likewise be used as fuel to the plant itself, therefore decreasing its fuel consumption.

Stressing that the plant would also be used to treat substances coming from Gozo, Montebello said that the plant would also banish problems that normally climbed when the incinerator was under maintenance, ensuring a seamless transition and operation.

Environment Union Leo Brincat said that the drop in fuel consumption would also ultimately result in less harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

“Another novelty that the plant will present, is in died foodstuffs containing animal byproduct, which would normally have to be incinerated,” he said with a pizza with meat as an example.

“The plant will permit us to treat these foods then forward them to other treatments plants to turn them to biofuels,” he included.

Brincat said that the project would also increase Wasteserv’s overall performance, which the company was also looking forward to the inauguration of the Malta North MBT at the forthcoming months.

EU funds parliamentary secretary Ian Borg added that the project, 85% of which was financed by the EU, was also completed in record time – about annually.

“The government is also currently evaluating jobs for the newest $200 million fund bundle under the European Regional Development Fund,” he said.