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Construction of Kutaisi regional landfill - The Beginning of a new waste  management system

French-Slovenian consortium Sade-Riko for the construction of a regional landfill.

Construction of Kutaisi regional landfill - The Beginning of a new waste  management system

24 January


On January 24, the Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia Ltd (SWMCG), supervised by the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia (MRDI) and French-Slovenian consortium Sade-Riko signed a contract (contract value: 7 265 565,19 Euros) for the construction of the first EU standard regional landfill in Georgia.


The event was attended by the vice-premier and Minister of MRDI Mrs. Maia Tskitishvili; deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to Georgia Mr. Carlo Natale; Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Mr. Levan Davitashvili; Head of Development Cooperation in South Caucasus of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Mr. Daniel Haas; the Director of SWMCG Mr. George Shukhoshvili and the Managing Director of Sade Georgia Mr. Anthony Mauger.


The regional landfill will be constructed in the vicinity of Kutaisi and will be the first EU compliant sanitary landfill in Georgia. It will be a regional landfill serving approximately 700 000 citizens of Imereti, Racha-lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti regions.

The construction of the Kutaisi regional landfill is the first important step for establishing new integrated waste management system in Georgia. In accordance with this new system, eight new regional landfills will replace old municipal engineered landfills. The Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia has an important role to play in the process of construction of above mentioned landfills and has responsibility to ensure their subsequent high quality operation/management standards.

The project is financed with a loan provided by KfW Development Bank on behalf of the German Government (20 million Euros); by the EU (3.6 million Euros grant) and Georgian contributions (million Euros). Total investment of the project is 27 600 000 Euros. Along with the arrangement of the EU compliant sanitary regional landfill, the project also foresees the closure of existing “Nikea” landfill located in Kutaisi, improvement of municipal waste collection, improvement street cleaning system and establishment of new transfer stations. Implementation of the above mentioned project will improve the ecological and living conditions of the region.


Municipal responsibilities

Municipalities are responsible for supporting the development of waste collection, at source separation and recycling. From 2019 municipalities have the obligation to introduce effective waste management systems via at source separation, which has to be fully implemented by 2025.


Responsibility of the population

It is important to raise awareness of the population and support proper understanding of the system. Proper at course separation and disposal by the population are also important components for the proper functioning of the system.


Private sector

Private sector and companies will be obliged to find environmentally safe means to collect and recycle produced commodities. Above mentioned system is called "Extended Producer Responsibility" ; and its implementation is planned for the next two years.

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