North-West Funding Service Centre
Eco-friendly disposal of hazardous medical waste in the cross-border region

Cross Border Cooperation Programme: ENPI Estonia – Latvia – Russia CBC Programme 2007 – 2013

Project implementation period: 03.06.2013 – 31.06.2015

Project Partners:

  1. Kohtla-Järve Town Government (Estonia) – Lead Partner
  2. Ida-Viru Central Hospital (Estonia)
  3. Administration of Municipal Formation Slantsy Municipal District (Leningrad region)
  4. Municipal public health institution Slantsy central regional hospital (Slantsy, Leningrad region)
  5. NP North-West Funding Service Center (Saint Petersburg)

Total Project Budget – 456 000 Euro, including сo-financing of partners  in the amount of 45 600 Euro and including sponsor contribution from NP North-West Finding Service Centre –  25 695 Euro.

Project Objective:

Снижение экологических рисков на приграничной территории Северо-Запада России и северо-востока Эстонии посредством обеспечения эффективной работы по сортировке, обезвреживанию и утилизации опасных медицинских отходов.

Основной результат проекта: обустройство двух центров по переработке медицинских отходов класса Б на базе 2 районных больниц в гг. Кохтла-Ярве (Эстония) и в г. Сланцы (Ленинградская область. Центры размещены в отдельных помещениях; в них произведен необходимый ремонт, поставлено современное оборудование для утилизации отходов, проведено необходимое обучение персонала. . Мощность установки в Сланцах – 25 кг/ 150 л отходов за 1 рабочий цикл; продолжительность цикла – 25 минут. Общий объем отходов после обработки уменьшается на 80%; получившаяся масса экологически и эпидемологически безопасна и может быть размещена для захоронения на обычном полигоне либо сожжена.

Medical waste must be subject to mandatory processing in both participated countries. As they differ significantly from other types of waste and require special attention. They pose danger to humans, primarily caused by the constant presence of agents of various infectious diseases, toxic and even. The duration of survival of pathogenic microorganisms in such waste is quite high. The amount of waste “produced” by medical institutions has a tendency towards intensive growth. As a result of the increasing range of the substances used, the variability of the waste composition is expected to grow as well. The project involves a detailed study of existing treatment systems, determining the most appropriate cost-effective solution for each of the partners, creation and launch of two regional centres for decontamination in Slantsy and Kohtla-Jarve, which will operate at local hospitals. These centres will cater as well to the needs of all surrounding institutions which also produce medical waste: dental surgeries, private clinics, drug treatment centres, veterinary clinics, etc. The equipment and waste treatment technology in these new centres need to be modern, the process should be energy efficient and include reduction of the volume of waste being treated by way of it shredding. This will allow to process a greater volume of waste in one load, thus the final volume to be transported to the waste depository will be smaller. Serious consideration will be given to the standards of handling and separating the materials used in medical facilities. Permanent appearance of new materials and packages requires constant perfection of methods of handling medical waste. Special training courses and site visits are intended for this purpose. Cooperation between two regions in the framework of this project helps to raise awareness of medical personnel and to solve the problem of medical waste polluting the environment on both sides of the border.


  • Kohtla-Järve Town Government (Estonia)


  • Ida-Viru Central Hospital (Estonia)
  • Administration of Municipal Formation Slantsy Municipal District (Russia)
  • Municipal public health institution Slantsy central regional hospital (Russia)
  • NP North-West Funding Service Center (Russia)


20 months

Total budget: 456 000,00 EUR

  • Programme co-financing: 384 705 EUR
  • Project co-financing: 45 600 EUR
  • Sponsor contribution from NP North-West Finding Service Centre: 25 695 EUR