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CoW N$70m solid waste facility completed

by Rodney Pienaar

The construction of City of Windhoek’s (CoW) solid waste management facility has been completed to the tune of N$70 million and will be commissioned in March next year, the city confirmed this week.

The purpose of this facility is to manage all the solid waste generated in order to reduce health risks caused by the waste. The facility accommodates a petrol station, autoclave and incinerator Stellio Tsauseb of the Solid Waste Management Division told The Villager. 

“The facility will be used to manage waste generated at health care facilities, pharmacies, veterinaries, laboratories and schools to prevent unnecessary sickness caused by solid waste. The amount of solid waste generated in Windhoek is about 950 – 1 450 tonnes per annum,” he stated. 

These new facilities will help track waste and hopefully prevent illegal dumping of solid waste.

The technology used for incineration division consist of a diesel fired engine, automate feed control, two primary and secondary chambers, air cleaning equipment ceramic filers and can treat anatomical, pharmaceutical, cytotoxic and some chemical waste. 

Civil works commenced in May last year, while 99% of the facilities have been completed this including equipment installation, installation of services such as water, sewer, electricity and fuel, roads and external works, fuel depot, and manpower for facility recruitment commenced last month. 

Autoclave and incinerator testing is expected to take place in January next year.

Once commissioned this facility will become the new approved facility for disposal of waste and all generators in Windhoek are compelled to make use of this facility.

According to CoW 34 % of solid waste is generated by private clinics, 44% by sate hospitals, 9 % by state clinics, 8% by laboratories, 3% by specialists, 1 % by general practitioners and 1 % by dentists.