Millions needed for new dumpsite

12 April 2018 | Government

Setting up an upgraded general waste disposal site at the existing Kupferberg landfill in the next two years, will cost between N$120 and N$150 million.

“The site is an optimisation project to expand the lifespan of the current Kupferberg landfill site,” says Scheifert Shigwedha of the City of Windhoek. “Hence it is not a completely new site, but will provide space to ensure disposal of general and hazardous waste for an additional 15 years.”

Nampa reported earlier that the new site is a priority for the CoW, as the current plant's lifespan will run out in about two and a half years.

There are currently two plants at the Kupferberg landfill site: One for general waste and the other for hazardous waste. The hazardous waste plant caters for dangerous waste management and which includes expired food, oil, chemicals, batteries, fertilisers and anything that is not known to the experts on site. This plant's lifespan will run out in seven to eight years. About N$900 000 is spent every month to manage this site.

The plant is run on a self-sustaining and cost-recovery model where those who dump waste, pay specific tariffs depending on the quantity of their waste.



Approval

The minister of environment and tourism recently said that only three municipalities are currently in compliance with the Environmental Management Act: Windhoek, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Minister Pohamba Shifeta urged local and traditional authorities to get their dumpsites approved and gazetted with the ministry as soon as possible.

The majority of dumpsites operate with just a clearance certificate which is not sufficient.

The recently launched national solid waste management strategy will ensure that regulations, funding and action plans improve solid waste management and that it is properly coordinated and consistent with national policy, and will facilitate co-operation between stakeholders.

Shifeta warned that the way in which dumpsites are run at the moment could land those in charge in hot water, should lives be lost, saying both fines and sentences can be dished out.

“For example, an institution can be fined. But since you can't imprison an institution, it means the people running it will be imprisoned,” Shifeta said.

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