HARARE – Harare City Council (HCC) hopes to decommission the Pomona dump site by the end of the year, officials have said.
Dombo Chibanda, the waste management director, said the dump site, which was opened in 1984, had served its purpose.
“What we then did was that about a year or two ago we began scouting around areas around greater Harare as to where our next disposal site would be,” Chibanda said. “We identified around four spots where the site would be.”
On October 20, Pomona dump site caught fire after an alleged vagrant lit some flammable materials in the site.
Council, with the help of the Civil Aviation Authority, Pomona barracks and volunteers from around the area, managed to douse the inferno, which claimed the life of one homeless man living in the rubbish.
Chibanda indicated that council had settled on a site in Mount Hampden. He said once the prospectus has been approved by the Environmental Management Agency, they would conduct a study.
After the site has been successfully decommissioned, Pomona would be turned into a play field as construction will cause numerous explosions due to the gases that are underground.
“So the plant will be at the site whereby certain refuse will be disposed of and others will be recycled. The European Union in is also looking into turning waste into energy,” he said.
“In Ashdown Park, we have a composting site there. We are going to enter into an agreement with a company called Earthworm where we are going to do organic fertiliser and composting.”