HCC’s works and environmental health division are spearheading the work. Hired contractors are already clearing and compacting the site to enable proper disposing and management of wastes.
City Mayor Andrew Mua said rehabilitating the Ranadi dumpsite is one of council’s top priority projects that must be done to ensure a clean and healthy Honiara city.
Visiting the site yesterday, Mr Mua said it is important that the land field is rehabilitated to accommodate and ensure all wastes are disposed and properly managed to prevent health risks associated with it.
“Over the years, lack of proper solid waste management practices and poor management of the Ranadi dumpsite has today become a serious health risk to Honiara residents,” Mua said.
“Dangerous commercial, medical, sewage and asbestos waste have put the lives of people living on and around the dumpsite at great risk and this must be addressed urgently,” he added.
It is understood that the creek nearby and the seafront at Ranadi are highly polluted with hazardous substances that are unsafe for people to swim and live nearby.
Mr Mua called on the public to cooperate and assist council with its work to rehabilitating the dumpsite.
He said lack of cooperation has resulted in wastes being uncontrollably dumped unmanaged everywhere causing a huge problem for the entire city.
The rehabilitation work will divide the current land space into five blocks for dumping wastes, underground pipeline for liquid waste, three ponds to accommodate hazardous liquids and chemicals from solid wastes and tanks for sewage storage.
An office will also be built at the site for those managing the site.
The rehabilitation work is funded under the Japan Technical Cooperation Project for the Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management (J-PRISM).
It is a 5-year project supported by JICA under the government of Japan and implemented in collaboration with SPREP.
The US$10 million project runs from Feb 2011–Jan 2016 and focuses on enhancing sustainable solid waste management in the Pacific region by strengthening the appropriate human and institutional capacity base. In addition to regional activities, tailored national activities has been implemented in 11 countries and cover issues including the 3Rs(Reduce,Reuse,Recycle) waste collection, and waste disposal.
Ranadi Landfill and Gizo Landfill in the Western Province are the two sites that have been funded under the J-PRISM project.
Last year the council also covered the entire dumpsite with soil improving the condition of the site.
By Daniel Namosuia
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