Waste facility opens in WHK

15 October 2018 | Infrastructure

The Windhoek municipality is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that all waste generated within the city is managed so as to minimise its potential impact on the environment and human health.

“Great strides have been made towards keeping our city clean, but more needs to be done for Windhoek to reclaim its status as the cleanest city in Africa,” said vice president Dr Nangolo Mbumba at the inauguration of the CoW Health Care Risk Waste Treatment Facility on Thursday.

Mbumba applauded the city's management for having the foresight and determination to map out the transformational Strategic Plan for 2017 – 2022. “This will target the transformation of the CoW into a smart city by 2022,” he said.

A Solid Waste Management policy and draft regulations for the appropriate management of waste and the improvement of current solid waste management practices was developed ten years ago already. This was in an effort to meet future demand as the old system was not sustainable.

According to Mbumba, the policy identified 11 objectives to be achieved, of which six speak to the health care risk waste management strategy and planning.

“Health care waste is considered to be partly hazardous, and the type of waste to be treated at this new facility is not only infectious, but also includes chemical and radioactive waste,” he said.

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