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

We conducted pre-feasibility and feasibility assessments for proposed landfill sites and prepared outline designs and commercially viable business plans for sustainable operation of the sites.

We also reviewed 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

Start: April 2018
End: October 2018

Client

Oxfam

contact person

Jonathan Parkinson

Associate Director, Cities and Resilient Development

Jonathan.Parkinson@imcworldwide.com
last updated

March 8, 2021