By John Nhandara
Site preparation for the construction of land fill cells is underway at Pomona dumpsite as the massive waste-to-energy project gets off the ground.
Harare residents under the banner Zimbabwe National Organisation of Associations Resident Trust were at the Pomona dumpsite this Tuesday for an appreciation of the project where garbage will be converted into energy by Geogenix BV Company.
Geoginix BV Operations and Compliance Manager, Engineer Wadzanai Chigwa gave an insight into the scope of the project and the ground that has been covered so far.
“The project is progressing very well. We have our site clearance ongoing. We will be setting up a waste and water treatment plant. We will also be having land fill cells for municipal waste and hazardous waste,” she said.
Represented by Mr Shalvar Chikomba, the residents are convinced that the project will ensure efficient waste management for the City of Harare.
“We as residents have regrettably witnessed poor waste management in the form of toxic smoke clouds. This has remained an environmental challenge in most urban local authorities especially the continued use of unlined dumpsites despite provisions of Statutory Instrument 6 of 2007 which mandated all local authorities to have constructed and use standard sanitary landfills for waste disposal. As such, this waste management project will ensure Pomona and its environs are going to be pollution free,” Chikomba noted.
The Pomona Waste to Energy Project is expected to generate 22 megawatts of electricity while also creating employment opportunities for locals.