The Ministry of Environment and Energy has signed an agreement with Germany’s Michaelis GmbH and Co on Wednesday (February 19) to establish an incineration plant at Raa Atoll Vandhoo Island.
The incineration plant is to eliminate 40 tonnes of waste every day. It is to manage waste produced in all the islands of Noonu, Raa, Baa and Lhaviyani Atolls.
The US$2.6 million waste management project is funded by the World Bank and is expected to be completed in eight months and be functional by 2015.
Minister of Environment and Energy Thorig Ibrahim said the project will create 150 jobs. He said the government will establish waste management systems in three areas in the Maldives.
The General Manager of Michaelis Bernard Grim said the incinerator system can be used to produce ice in the long run.
The Environment Ministry said the incinerator plant is an environment friendly plant that can also produce energy from waste with further investments.