Saturday, December 25, 2010

First garbage collection and separation company established

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The Kurdish Globe
Our next step will be to raise our people's awareness in terms of the right way.

Duhok launched a garbage collection, separation and recycling plant on December 18 with a recycling capacity of 750 tons of garbage per day.

Several high-ranking government officials attended the inauguration ceremony, including Kurdistan Regional Government's Minister of Municipalities and Tourism, Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Deputy Consul General of Germany in Erbil, Governor of Duhok, among others. The plant is located in Kuashe, Semel District, near Duhok, and is ready to begin operating.

The project was financed by the KRG Governorate of Duhok, with a budget of 30 billion Iraqi dinars (approximately $US25.4 million), and was supervised and implemented by two German companies.

The plant, which is developed on approximately 9 hectares plot of land, is separated into two smaller plants'the first is for the garbage separation, and the second is for recycling the garbage to produce fertilizer for agriculture.

The project is expected to benefit Duhok, Zakho and Semel, and to help keep the area clean and improve the environmental situation there, which will in turn lead to improving the health situation in the region.

Duhok Governor Tamar Ramazan stated during a speech at the opening ceremony that they have a master plan for the governorate's garbage issue, and they are planning to establish other such plants elsewhere in the governorate to cover the whole area.

Dilshad Abdulrahman, head of Duhok Environment Directorate, stated during the inauguration that it would have a significant and positive environmental impact as garbage creates air, water and ground pollution. "Our next step will be to raise our people's awareness in terms of the right way of separating and disposing of different types of garbage," said Abdulrahman.

There are other initiatives around Kurdistan and Iraq to establish such plants to better treat garbage and utilize it for producing other recycled products and generating power.

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