Veos by Veolia: treating Morocco’s medical waste

Health professionals (hospital complexes, analytical laboratories, doctors, veterinarians, etc.) produce a great deal of medical and pharmaceutical waste, such as gloves, masks, gowns, syringes, etc. The current Covid-19 health crisis is today reminding us once again of the importance of good management of medical waste and its potential environmental impact. Moroccan regulations stipulate to producers that this waste must be sorted and treated in accredited facilities (they are legally responsible for it until its disposal). The aim of this treatment is to eliminate the microbiological risk in order to make this waste inert and safe for the environment. Most waste producers in Morocco choose to entrust this task to specialist providers. On the strength of over 50 years’ experience in this field, Veolia is looking to put its expertise to good use on behalf of players in the sector through its Moroccan subsidiary Veos.

To oversee the management of this waste, the ministry in charge of the environment has announced a tightening of the regulations, controls and upward revision of fines regarding waste management and disposal. In order to offer its waste treatment solution in Morocco, the Veolia group has joined forces with the Moroccan firm SOS NDD, which specializes in waste management.

With Veos, the joint venture is looking to support the sector’s providers, guaranteeing them compliance with the law and digital traceability of their waste management. This business line is entirely in keeping with Veolia’s new strategic plan: Impact 2023.

“The plant is under construction and the activity is set to start up in late 2020. We want to provide an offering on the market tailored to the specific needs of our clients: major healthcare providers and health professionals,” states Damien de Lariviere, Veos’ Managing Director.

This offering includes digital traceability solutions, a dedicated client area, and waste disposal certification

1. Waste production

• Most medical procedures lead to the production of medical waste (needles, syringes, compresses, etc.). The healthcare provider sorts it into customized containers provided by Veos, identified by a tag allowing it to be traced until its disposal.

2. Waste collection

• The containers are collected regularly according to a predetermined schedule.
• Veos agents scan these containers to ensure their tracking.

3. Transporting waste to the plant

• Medical waste is transported to the treatment site by certified truck.

4. Treatment method

• Once they have arrived at the plant, the containers are unloaded and identified before their treatment. The waste is then shredded and heated using a “microwave” method that makes it inert. Its status is then similar to that of household waste.
• The treatment technology chosen by Veos has the advantage of producing zero emissions.

5. Certificate

• A notification is sent to the client informing them that their waste has been treated.
• At the end of the process, a waste disposal certificate is given to the client, who is released from all responsibility as required by law.

6. Leaving the plan

• Transformed into dry residue, the waste is totally harmless and ready to be stored in a sanitary landfill or incinerated to produce energy.
• The containers are washed and disinfected to be ready for further use.

• Veos agents provide waste producers with containers, cardboard or plastic boxes, and/or needle boxes.

• The Veos solution allows waste producers to track the waste throughout the process thanks to a dedicated app, in particular giving access to customized indicators.

22,000 metric tons of medical waste is produced each year in Morocco.
The Veos plant will be able to treat up to 4,000 metric tons (in the long term) of MPW (medical and pharmaceutical waste) per

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