London — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is considering extending a sovereign loan of up to €7 million to Georgia to be on-lent to five municipalities in the Kvemo Kartli region and the Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia Ltd.. It is envisaged that the project will be co-financed by a capital grant of €3 million provided by an international donor.
The project will finance the construction of an EU compliant regional sanitary landfill and relevant infrastructure in Marneuli municipality to serve the Participating Municipalities. The project will also include acquisition of vehicles, waste containers and other equipment for waste management activities. In addition, the project will support institutional development of the Solid Waste Management Company Company and the five participating municipalities.
A first investigation of the site showed that the existing waste management practices and facilities are poor and not in compliance with the relevant EU standards and the EBRD Performance Requirements. At present, solid waste is disposed of at six official dumpsites managed by the Company and 26 additional ad hoc existing dumpsites within the Kvemo Kartli region. The operations on these dumpsites do not meet basic environmental, health and safety standards. Also, health and safety standards for the workers performing waste collection and landfill operations are low.
The construction of a new landfill which will comply with design requirements of the EU Landfill Directive will bring substantial environmental, health and safety benefits through the rehabilitation of waste collection, transportation, and disposal services; increased operational efficiency, and improved environmental and hygiene standards.
The natural conditions beneath the new landfill site provide a low permeability clay barrier and limited groundwater of low quality. This, in conjunction with the proposed construction of an engineered clay barrier and high density polyethylene (“HDPE”) liner, providing a double lined landfill, should result in a low risk of impact to groundwater and compliance with the EU Landfill Directive.
According to the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgias, Solid Waste Management Company expressed its readiness to be engaged in the process of project implementation actively and to perform the perfect implemented job. Working on the relevant contract will be started in the near future and be completed at the end of the year.
Source: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)