Kupferberg 2.0 on the cards

New landfill in planning

10 October 2019 | Local News

The City of Windhoek is planning to construct a new general waste disposal site, as the 39-year-old Kupferberg dumpsite is reaching its capacity.

The City announced last year that the current facility was nearing the end of its productive life.

Its plans for a new hazardous waste facility are slowly coming to life, with the recent completion of design plans.

“The final designs have now been completed for the expansion [and] construction of new general and hazardous waste disposal cells with associated infrastructure,” said city spokesperson Lydia Amutenya, when asked to provide an update on its plans.

According to her, an environment impact assessment (EIA) has also been completed and a clearance certificate for construction work was issued by the environment ministry.

Early last year, the City's then senior executive for urban development and property, Ludwig Narib, said it would require up to N$120 million for a new hazardous waste site that would be located north of the current Kupferberg site.

When asked whether this had changed, Amutenya said they were looking at various funding options.

She did not provide a cost estimate.

“The funding options are currently under consideration by the City. The competitive bidding process is yet to be undertaken; hence the budget estimates [remain] confidential at this moment,” said Amutenya.

There are currently two plants at the Kupferberg landfill site, one for general and the other for hazardous waste. The hazardous waste plant caters for dangerous waste management. This waste includes expired food, oil, chemicals, batteries, fertilisers and anything that is unknown to experts on site.

All domestic and general waste material collected in the city is taken to the Kupferberg general and hazardous waste landfill site, which is located about 13 kilometres from the city centre on the C26 national road.

The City constructed the facility during 1997/98 at a cost of approximately N$6 million at that time.