Medical waste facility company gives open house; finds promise in Special Areas, Hanna

Written by Terri Huxley

Incinertech Inc., an Alberta based company, has taken to public engagement sessions to present their idea of a future medical waste facility in the Hanna region.

This would not be just any waste facility though as the four presenters on Wed. June 10 described during an open house in Hanna that this facility would break world standards in terms of quality and efficiency, meeting and exceeding regulations.

Present for the three-hour-long presentations were CEO Rob Krell, COO Dave Forter, CFP Dwayne Coben and Chris Valaire; all of which have extensive backgrounds in energy-related fields.

Currently, there is no modern industrial capacity medical waste centre in western Canada so the majority of medical waste like needles and items containing blood is shipped to the U.S. for proper disposal.

Outside of some specialized equipment being fabricated in the U.S., the majority for this specific facility will be made in Alberta.

“We are bringing an Alberta solution to an Alberta problem,” said Krell. “We will employ local trades, consultants where possible and also infrastructure. 

This supports local Alberta business contractors.”

“[Cactus Corridor] is putting together a list and will extend a lot of the work. Anywhere from earthworks equipment to dump trucks to hauling water, fuel, snow removal. Everything we can. We are going to support local business investors.”

They plan on having an office right in Hanna for administration, bookkeeping and logistics.

“More importantly, if someone wants to talk to us they know where to find us. We want to be an active and proud community supporter.”

If built, Incinertech believes the Bull Pound Thermal Treatment Facility project will be around for 20-25 years, with the company being fully engaged in the community as well.

The project would benefit western Canada but more specifically Hanna, Special Areas and Youngstown.

The proposed spot for the build is located 10 km south of the Sheerness Coal Mine at the old race track property.

In the presentation, it was noted there is a three-kilometre buffer zone in which no neighbours and limited wildlife (from studies) are present in that area.

A drainage storm pond for contamination waste will be created in case anything happens.

The precast concrete building reduces sound substantially with all major equipment kept inside apart from the smokestack which will be 100 feet tall roughly.

Commercial feedstock streams will come from hospitals, clinics, dentistry, pharmacies, agriculture, vet clinics and meat process plants.

Radioactive and cytotoxic items will not be taken in.

The waste feed will come in and be processed at 1000 -1800 kg/hr.

Destruction removal efficiency is at 98 per cent with the remaining two per cent in volume waste going to the landfill in Youngstown where it can be used for fertilizer or other things.

An average one to two semi truckloads a day is foreseen to keep the facility constantly running.

They noted that it will run approximately 333 days out of the year 24 – 7.

The facility is being compared to that of buildings in the middle of large major centres in Europe, showing the conscious safety measures and standards put in place.

Their ambitious timeline, if all goes to plan, will break ground this time next year but the financial investment decision for going with the Special Areas location is in September.

They hope to become operational by August 2022.


Terri Huxley

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Terri Huxley

Terri grew up on a grain farm near Drumheller, Alberta with an eye for the beautiful and uncharted. Living in such a unique and diverse area has helped her become the photographer and reporter she is today.

Coming from the East Central region getting this newspaper on her dinner table growing up, it helped her understand the community she now serves.

In May 2019, Terri was awarded Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) Canada's Energy Citizens Photographic Awards Sports Action – First Place as well as first for the same sports action image nationally with the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA). Fast forward to 2020, she has won second in the same category for the AWNA.