Sierra Leone: Providing a long-term solution to solid waste collection and disposal in the Western Area

A four-month study designed to identify and develop socially acceptable, environmentally friendly and economically viable engineered landfill sites within or around the Western Area.

An IMC Worldwide-led consortium, which also includes Resource and Waste Advisory Group and Realini Bader, is implementing the project, which aims to provide Sierra Leone’s Western Area with a long-term solution for the final disposal point of municipal solid waste.

Currently, solid waste is prominent in most open spaces. Inadequate drainage channels have become open sources for communicable diseases, physical obstruction to drainages and waterways, producing bad odour for the communities near the current dumpsites.

The existing dumpsites are overwhelmed and poorly managed, which has negative impacts on the environment and human health.

The study aims to resolve this by identifying and designing socially acceptable, environmentally friendly and economically viable engineered landfill sites within or around the Western Area.

To attain this objective, IMC will undertake pre-feasibility and feasibility assessments for proposed landfill sites and prepare outline designs and commercially viable business plans for sustainable operation of the sites.

We will also review the existing solid waste collection system in the Western Area and formulate a commercially viable solid waste management plan that upholds social and environmental standards.

Project Name

Feasibility study and design of landfill sites for safe collection and disposal of municipal solid waste in Sierra Leone's Western Area

project status

April 2018 - October 2018

Client

Oxfam

contact person

Wessel van der Meulen

Regional Assistant Manager, Africa & Caribbean

wessel.vandermeulen@imcworldwide.com
last updated

April 15, 2019