While most African countries still find themselves battling with electricity problems and waste management challenges especially in the urban settlements, Ethiopia has just unveiled a waste-to-energy initiative worthy of emulation.
"Qoshee" also known as "Repi" is a large open landfill which receives garbage and waste from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The name means "dirty" in Amharic.
The site is located in the southeastern part of Addis Ababa. It is believed that the Ethiopian government is turning the country's largest rubbish dump into a new waste-to-energy plant. The initiative is tagged "the Reppie Plant Project."
The initiative described as the first of its kind in Africa has two major advantages. It will help address the hazards caused by the heaps of waste as well as provide another sustainable means of generating electricity.
"The Reppie project is just one component of Ethiopia’s broader strategy to address pollution and embrace renewable energy across all sectors of the economy," said Zerubabel Getachew, Ethiopia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Nairobi.
"We hope that Reppie will serve as a model for other countries in the region, and around the world."