Contractors yesterday handed over the Kingdom dumpsite and sewage pond rehabilitation which was supported by the Department for International Development (DFID).
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which is responsible for managing the Transitional Solid Waste Disposal Scheme, received £150,000 in support from DFID to action the programme.
The funding is for the reconstruction of the perimeter wall fence and sewage pond in the site; the rehabilitation of all-weather roads, walkways and drainages around the site and the reconstruction of storage areas; sorting platforms; incinerators and compost pits.
In addition UNDP has also committed to identify a new waste site, conduct an environmental impact assessment on the site, provide training and sensitization to the Kingtom Community, and develop a revenue system for waste management for the area.
The Transitional Solid Waste Disposal Scheme was initially identified to improve the environmental sanitation system in Freetown in a bid to reduce child mortality resulting from high incidence of malaria and diarrhea prevalent in the country.
The occurrence of these two and other water borne diseases are directly related to the poor quality of sanitation.
This scheme aims to build a sustainable waste management system which will improve the conditions at the Kingtom dumpsite, and identify sites and develop plans for the future long term solution.