The company, that will build, own and operate, the Waste-to-Energy Plant, that is proposed to be constructed at the Haags Bosch Sanitary Landfill, behind, Eccles, East Bank Demerara, could get Cabinet’s go-ahead, as early as the next two weeks.
Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan was quoted by GINA today as saying that within the next two weeks, the Ministry in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is set to take before Cabinet, “the papers that will allow for the signing of the contract, for the firm, to build, own and operate the facility.”
Minister Bulkan explained that the company that has been selected “brings the technology, as well as the investment to utilise the solid waste that is delivered there (at Haags Bosch) and to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner, (that is, using it to produce electricity).”
The Minister noted that the construction of such a facility, will “take away the current situation, where the government has to create funding for the management and operations of our municipal dumpsites and landfills.” In the process, the facility will also create renewable energy, utilising solid waste, he added.
After the construction of the facility at Haags Bosch, the Ministry will look to replicate the effort in other communities across the country, the Minister said.
He also said that on a smaller scale, the Ministry continues to be engaged in providing environmental solutions to waste management to the municipalities, as well as the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) across the country.
The Ministry of Communities, as part of its responsibility for integrated solid waste management, in February, had invited suitable firms, for construction of a Waste to Energy Plant.