Municipality of Matola, Mozambique may become a pioneer in use of solid waste to produce electricity

26 May 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 26 May – Some of the solid urban waste produce in the Matola municipal area will be used to produce electricity for public use in the city, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported citing the city’s Mayor.

The paper said that an unnamed foreign investor had proposed the project to the Municipal Council and discussions were now underway about practical aspects of its execution.

The investor plans to manage the Mahlampsene rubbish dump, where it plans to install generation units to produce electricity, which will then be distributed to consumers in the city via the electricity grid of Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM).

According to Lázaro Bambamba, the councillor responsible for Public Health, Matola produces an average of 500 tons of solid waste, which is collected and deposited at the two available dumps: Mahlampsene and Infulene.

According to Bambamba, the municipal area’s current capacity only allows for regular waste collection in 24 of its 42 residential neighbourhoods, and a number of activities are underway to expand that capacity in order to cover other local areas. (macauhub)