Waste-to-energy plant to take on Ethiopia’s rubbish epidemic
By Katy Scott
A landslide of rubbish from a vast open-air landfill site just outside of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, killed more than 110 people last year.
This weekend, the Ethiopian government inaugurated a $120 million waste-to-energy plant, right next to the garbage dump, in an attempt to curb the city’s mounting waste problem.
The plant — called Reppie — is now operational and able to harvest energy from 1.4 million kilograms of waste each day.
This will produce enough electricity to power an estimated 30% of Addis Ababa’s households, according to the company responsible for the project, Cambridge Industries.
Photo courtesy of Simone McCourtie.
Source: CNN (link opens in a new window)