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Incinerators for disposal of hospital waste


As an organisation which supports a rural hospital in Zimbabwe we have need of advice on types of incinerators available for disposing of hospital waste.

We need advice on incinerators using different fuels, if they exist and where they can be obtained

Regards, Michael

6 Answers


EiE pages 181 & 182 MSF Public Health Engineering in Emergency Situations, pages?? – My copy has gone walk-about but I am sure there is something in there! On fuels, I would suggest keeping it simple – that probably means biomass – and keep the waste as dry as possible. Regards, Tim


Full details of the De Montfort incinerator including fuelling are available on my website . In most situations the fuel required is only sufficient waste paper plastic etc for starting up. The load usually has sufficient calorific value to maintain combustion. I will be happy to help further if necessary. Regards, Jim


In both RedR Manual and also the MSF manual are details of the De Montfort hospital incinerator. I did work on designing these in Afghanistan for three hospitals and as I recall the full design details are available on the internet. Contact me if more detail required and I can check previous project files to see if I have any other details. Regards, Chris


The De Montfort design has been around for sometime - I used it in the mid 90s and is very satisfactory. I have not checked it recently for modifications but to have contact with Jim Pickens is about as good as it gets. Regards, Toby


I have installed and developed the De Montfort incinerator in almost evey developing country and believe that it operates on almost any waste. I am available to answer your specific questions after you have visited my website at

Jim Picken

Trish In Cyberspace

PATH has an excellent guide to choosing an incinerator on this website: In a 152-bed hospital in Sierra Leone, there is a Macroburn Incinerator for sharps and an Inciner8 incinerator for bagged clinical waste, as well as a burn pit and two De Montfort incinerators. The Macroburn incinerator uses kerosene for starting and wood mixed with the waste to maintain a high combustion temperature. The Inciner8 incinerator uses electrical energy to operate blowers for efficient combustion. Regards, Trish