WINDHOEK, 27 MAR – The City of Windhoek will fork out anything between N.dollars 120 million and N.dollars 150 million to a establish a new general waste disposal plant at the Kupferberg landfill site in the next two years.
The current plant’s lifespan will run out in two to two-and-a-half years.
This was revealed by the City of Windhoek’s Executive for Urban Planning and Property Development, Ludwig Narib in a recent interview with Nampa.
“In those two years, we have just enough time to be ready to extend this facility,” said Narib, while pointing north of Kupferberg, the identified location for the new plant.
Upon its completion, the extended plant will cater for the capital’s waste for about 10 to 15 years, Narib said.
He said waste management in a city of Windhoek’s magnitude and influx ratio is not an easy task and it comes at a huge cost.
“We estimate that the project will cost between N.dollars 120 million and N.dollars 150 million,” Narib added.
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. These include expired food, oil, chemicals, batteries, fertilisers and anything that is not known to the experts on site.
Ludwig said extensive studies have been carried out and mechanisms are in place to ensure that Windhoek’s underground water reservoirs are not compromised.
“People think waste management is just to come and dump waste. It’s a very complicated thing. If you look at both these cells [plants], they’ve undergone extensive studies.”
He also said there are many layers of different materials that had to be finalised before the facility could be used for waste disposal.
“There are multiple plastic and gravel layers to ensure that our underground water is not compromised,” he said.
The hazardous waste management plant’s lifespan will run out in seven to eight years.
It costs the City of Windhoek around N.dollars 900 000 per month to manage the waste management site.
The plant is run on a self-sustaining and cost-recovery model, where those who dump waste pay tariffs depending on the quantity of their waste.