In 2015-2016 Afvalzorg provided technical assistance to the Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia (SWMCG). The programme was funded by the Dutch Government in order to create a framework for cleaning up, rehabilitate and establish procedures for closure of old landfills and a construction of new regional landfills. The SWMCG was assigned a national-wide responsibility on municipal waste disposal on landfills and landfills operation.
Many countries in transition, like Georgia, have started building up modern waste management systems and initiate programs to clean up former unregulated landfills and illegal dumpsites. For this purpose the Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia (SWMCG) was established in Georgia. The specific goals of the project were:
- Development of closure and after-care procedures for existing, non-hazardous waste landfill sites; SWMCG is able to develop and has fundamental input to produce tender papers for the local execution of the landfill management activities.
- Learning from Dutch experience to implement monitoring systems in the operation, closure and after-care phase of non-hazardous landfills.
- Elaboration of site-conditioning plans for existing non-hazardous waste landfills.
- Landfill gas forecast: establish if the existing landfills produce the right quantity and quality of gas in order to capture the gas for further use.
- Provide a financial model based on full lifecycle analyses of landfills to establish gate fee tariffs.
Afvalzorg has collaborated with SWMCG with great enthusiasm in this programme and successfully provided SWMCG a more in-depth understanding of landfill management and practical guidance documents to continue improving landfill management in Georgia.