Environment Ministry agrees waste management deal for northern atolls

The Maldives government yesterday (March 3) signed an agreement to implement a waste management system that will serve four atolls in the north of the country, according to local media.

Newspaper Haveeru has reported that Denmark-based contractor MT Hojgaard is to undertake work to install the system on the island of Vandhoo in Raa Atoll as part of a world bank-funded project.

The project is expected to serve 45,000 people, while also creating energy from waste when complete, according to the Ministry of Environment and Energy.

At a signing ceremony held yesterday to initiate the deal, Environment Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela was quoted in local media as claiming that the project was part of an initiative that commenced in 2008 to find more regional approaches to waste management.

She said additionally that the waste management scheme, which the ministry expects to be operational by early 2014, would help job creation in the area.

Further plans to expand similar systems in other parts of the country are also expected, according to Haveeru.