We always see the environment littered with different wastes in Africa. Without any doubt waste management is one of the biggest challenges confronting many African countries.
The issue of collection, management and disposal of solid waste still features highly in major towns and cities across the region.
Failure to correctly manage waste disposal has often led to flooding and the outbreak of diseases.
In Ethiopia, its largest rubbish dump Koshe was for almost 50 years, home to hundreds of people who collect and resell rubbish trucked in from around the capital Addis Ababa.
It, however, made headlines last year when it killed about 114 people, compelling the government to rethink an alternative use for the site which is said to be the size of 36 football pitches.
Ethiopia has since turned the site into a new waste-to-energy plant via the Reppie Waste-to-Energy Project which is the first of its kind.
FRESHREPORTERS.COM cannot at the moment verify whether the plant has commenced operation as the report states.
The plant is expected to incinerate 1,400 tons of waste every day; about 80% of the city’s waste generation.
It is also built to provide Ethiopians with 30% of their household electricity needs.
The project was made possible by the Ethiopian government in partnership with a consortium of international companies.
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