An-Najah National University

Amer El-Hamouz


  • Bookmark and Share Email
  • Monday, April 1, 2002
  • Published at:The Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, Volume 27, Number 1B.
  • Medical waste generated in West Bank hospitals and medical centers is collected in
    plastic bags and then dumped together with other domestic waste without any separation.
    This malpractice usually leads to air pollution and the danger of spreading viruses and
    bacteria widely. It is only in the last three years that medical waste has been separated from
    municipal waste in Nablus city and disposed of in a medical waste incinerator

    In this paper, the type and quantity of the medical waste generated from four hospitals
    and two medical centers in Nablus City was recorded (on daily basis) for one month. It
    was found that PVC plastic waste represents the largest amount of waste. A computer
    reaction program was written to simulate the combustion process taking place during
    medical waste incineration and to calculate the emission factor and the amount of
    pollutant emission gases from the medical waste incinerator. It has been found that the
    highest amount of pollutant emission gases was from burning plastic and glass medical
    waste. In addition, chlorinated hydrocarbons emissions, such as dioxins and furans,
    from the incineration process were also calculated using an existing model from the
    literature. It has been found that the dioxins/furans emissions increase with increasing
    HCl concentration and decreasing combustion temperature. This con rms the need to
    control these pollutants from the medical waste incinerator

  • Bookmark and Share Email
Leave a Comment


Amer Mahmoud Hammoz
Reaction and Separation system
Show Full ProfileEnglish CV


Please do not email me if you do not know me
Please do not e-mail me if you do not know me