Spring announcement for Azerbaijan solid waste management strategy
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec 29 /Trend N.Ismayilova/
The primary version of the national strategy for solid waste management, developed in the framework of the World Bank (WB) on the integrated management of municipal waste in Azerbaijan will be presented in February 2012, a representative of World Bank in Baku told Trend.
"Now we are working on analysis of data from different parts of the country and it is expected that a preliminary version of the strategy will be presented to the public in February," the bank said.
The bank noted that only after the preparation of the preliminary version will it be possible to determine the level of participation of the private sector and then whether one company or several will take part in the project.
"The final strategy will be prepared by April 2012," the WB added.
The project was approved by the WB board of directors in June 2008. The project started in 2009 and will continue until 2013. The total cost is $41.5 million, of which $29.5 million is accounted for by the WB loan and the remaining part by the government of Azerbaijan. The loan will run for 20 years. As of September 2011, $4.5 million and the balance of $25 million have been spent from the $29.5 million provided by the WB.
Project activities will be the implemented of five areas - institutional reforms, capacity-building and management, regulation and management with the Balakhani solid waste site, closure of sites and management of equipment for solid waste collection and development of an investment plan for the period after completion of the project.
Clean City JSC was established by presidential decree dated Aug. 6, 2008. Clean City will be engaged in deploying, disposing and recycling of household waste in Baku and Absheron, while cleaning and delivery of waste remains in the responsibility of the Baku City Administration.
The main reason for the establishment of a joint-stock company is to improve the environmental situation in the capital and Absheron. Its work will be carried out in several key areas, particularly in the construction of the incineration plant for municipal waste with a capacity of 500 thousand tons per year and production in the combustion process of 231 million kilowatt hours of electricity.