The President, Mr Hu Jintao visited the Macao Incineration Centre this afternoon to learn more about the processing of Macao’s household waste. Accompanied by the Chief Executive, Mr Edmund Ho Hao Wah, the Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Mr Lau Si Io and the Director of the Environmental Protection Bureau, Mr Cheong Sio Kei, Mr Hu toured facilities in the incineration plant. Mr Hu also visited the control room where he shook hands with and greeted the staff. He showed great interest in hearing about the household waste processing procedure and technology. Mr Cheong gave an introduction to the President and guests on the development and achievement of Macao’s environmental infrastructure in recent years, including Macao dedication to the improvement of ecology at landfill parks, waste water treatment technology, household waste processing methods and its development orientation. Located on the Taipa Pak On Industrial Zone, the incineration centre was inaugurated in 1992. The expansion of the new plant came into use in 2008. Operating round the clock, the centre utilises the heat produced during household waste combustion to generate electric power, some of which is used by the centre itself and the rest supplied to the public electricity grid. Waste combustion will greatly reduce to the use of landfill for dumping and burying waste and generates benefits in both land and power supply. Six processing lines of the centre have a capacity of treating 1,728 tonnes of waste a day. Noise and wastewater emission standard of the centre meets international standards.