New waste disposal for Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa is thinking of creating a modern waste disposal site.

The Sanitation and Beatification Agency of Dire Dawa City Administration is undertaking a study to establish the new garbage dump.

Currently the city is hauling its garbage to an area on the eastern outskirts of Dire Dawa. However now it plans to establish a standardized waste management system.

The current field was established in 2006 at a cost of 12 million birr.  Previously the city was using an over fifty year old dump.  Even though the recent was is only six years old it does not meet the environmental requirements the city needs. 

The solid waste collected from the city by the eleven private associations and seven trucks of the agency, which cover 52 percent of the total solid waste produced in the city goes un-recycled. Experts who worked in NGOs said that even though the field, which is 17 hectares of land, is established to handle the city waste for 20 years they are making another one in order to recycle materials.

The agency experts said that behavioural change in the community is necessary in order for recycling to become a success.

The expert recommended that the agency find ways to make money off of recycling in order to improve waste management.

“Currently only the government is supporting the process but major waste producers like industries and hotels have to pay for the agency to modernize the system,” the agency expert added.

“We need financial support from external sources, so we can implement the findings of the study,” he added.

The city Water and Sewerage Authority who is also responsible for managing the city’s liquid waste conducted a study nine years ago to modernize their system. However financial issues meant that many recommendations were not implemented.  The study indicated that 70 million birr is needed for the sewerage project.  The system for liquid waste is similar to the one for solid waste disposal. Currently the agency is working on the oldest four hectare dump to make a green area at the cost of nine million birr with 60 percent financial support from ULGDP of the World Bank program.