‘Waste-to-energy plant needs investment’

THE Lusaka City Council (LCC|) is seeking for investors to partner with to set up a waste- to-energy plant at Chunga land-fill.
The local authority has since advertised for interested investors and bids have since been received.
LCC public relations manager Mulunda Habeenzu said in an interview that the opening of the bids will be done next week, after which a committee will sit to pick a successful bidder.
“We have a substantial amount of waste in the city which can be put to very good use by transforming it into energy,” he said.
Mr Habeenzu said the local authority wants to maximise on the waste that is generated in the city.
He said the city generates about 700 tonnes of garbage every day and only about 300 is collected due to lack of capacity and equipment.
“What is collected is less than that which is generated and this can be partly attributed to the rise in population,” Mr Habeenzu said.
Mr Habeenzu said the project will also help to keep the city clean as most garbage will be collected for power generation.
He said the power to be generated at the land-fill, if adequate, will be exported to other towns in the country.
He said the local authority decided to advertise for this investment because it did not want to single-source an investor but rather make the process competitive.
Mr Habeenzu said the local authority also has plans of setting up a plant which will recycle other waste materials which will not be used to generate power.

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