Solid Waste Management in six Communities in Dar’a Governorate

With the start of the conflict, municipalities stopped collecting solid waste. The whole area received repeated bombardment at the early days of the conflict, which resulted in extensive casualties in human and physical assets. As the conflict continued, waste containers were misappropriated, used as barriers during clashes, and destroyed. Additionally, the number of available waste collection vehicles has decreased due to malfunctions or theft.

 

Moreover, the lack of any pest and insect control has led to the spread of rodents and diseases among the population. Lastly, the staff has ceased working, as their salaries have been stopped and the equipment required for them to work either has been destroyed or is inoperable. Some workers perform their duties voluntarily within these municipalities, and they continue to do what they can to promote and ensure solid waste management for the good of public health in spite of the lack of equipment and funding, but the lack of proper safety clothing and equipment puts them at direct risk of health problems.

 

As a result of the lack of equipment and operational funds, the implementing entity cannot collect domestic waste daily. The result is the piling up of waste at various locations within the residential areas causing repulsive environmental risks. Hygiene levels have degraded, and diseases and infestations – such as cutaneous leishmaniasis, scabies, and lice – have spread, leading to public health crises.

 

Accordingly, in order to safeguard public health it is necessary to re-establish waste collection and management services. This calls for the procurement and supply of the required equipment which includes wheel-loader, tipper trucks and garbage collection trucks, among others. Once the IE is well-equipped and organized, then the living environment in the target communities shall improve and public health crises shall become less frequent.

 

The project’s objective focuses on mitigating against all the risks to public health for the local population at the project locations through the re-establishing capacity of their utility for waste management. The planned intervention and support for the selected communities shall address the following sectors:

  • Technical workshops on implementation and capacity building knowledge and skills on waste management with participants from the Implementing Entity, the Local Council, MU’s technical team, and international experts;
  • Assessment of needs for repairs of available equipment, refurbishment of existing administrative and workshop facilities;
  • Procurement and supply of spare parts, tools for maintenance and funds for effective repairs of above;
  • Procurement and supply of new equipment required to re-establish operational capacity of the utility service at the six communities;
  • Make available funding for costs on Operation and Maintenance of the utility services for 12 months.

 

With an estimated budget of Euro 3.17 million and duration of 24 months, this project will benefit around 200,000 inhabitants of six local communities. For more information please see:

http://srtfund.org/articles/114_the-srtf-management-committee-approves-a-euro-3-17-million-solid-waste-management-project-in-dar-a-governorate