EU funds waste collection and treatment in Sao Tome and Principe

31 January 2013

The European Union is due to provide funding of 600,000 euros to a project to treat solid urban waste in the Água Grande district, where the capital of the Sao Tome and Principe archipelago is located, said the area’s Mayor.

Água Grande is the most populated district on the archipelago, with over 45,000 residents, and produces around 19 tons of solid waste every day.

“This project is 75 percent financed by the European Union, 5 percent by the UCCLA (Union of Capital Luso-Afro-American-Asian Capital Cities), 10 percent by the Camões Institute and another 10 percent by the Água Grande municipal council”, said the Mayor, Ekineyde Santos, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The project aims to improve health and hygiene conditions for the population and to reduce the amount of garbage that arrives at the composting centre.

The financial package will be used to purchase vehicles and 2,000-litre containers, as well as to train staff and install equipment at the municipal workshop for door-to-door garbage collection. (macauhub)