The regional landfill will be constructed within the next 15 months in the vicinity of Kutaisi in full compliance with European standards, serving approximately 700 000 citizens of Imereti, Racha-lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti regions.
Signing of the contract marked the beginning of a new stage in the field of Georgian Waste Management. In accordance with this new system, 8 new regional landfills will replace old municipal landfills. The Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia has an important role to play in the process of construction of the above mentioned landfills and the responsibility to ensure their subsequent high quality operation/management.
The first regional landfill will be constructed within the project “Integrated Solid Waste Management Kutaisi”, that foresees implementation of an integrated solid waste management system in the abovementioned regions.
The project is being implemented by the Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia with the financial support provided by German-Georgian financial cooperation, KfW, by the EU (3.6 million Euros grant) and national contributions. The total investment of the project is 26 million Euros.
Along with the arrangement of a new European standard regional landfill, the project also foresees the closure of existing Nikea landfill located in Kutaisi, improvement of municipal collection, street cleaning system and establishment of transfer stations. Implementation of the above mentioned project will improve the ecological and living conditions of the region.
Municipalities, population, private sector will have to play an important role to ensure effective functioning of the new waste management system.
The Vice-Prime Minister/Minister of Regional Development Ms. Maia Tskitishvili, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Mr. Levan Davitashvili, the Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to Georgia Mr. Carlo Natale, the Head of Development Cooperation in South Caucasus of the Embassy of Germany Mr. Daniel Haas, the Director of Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Shukhoshvili and the Director of Sade Georgia Mr. Anthony Mauger welcomed participants of the contract signing event and presented brief overview of current achievements in the sector.