Integrated Landfill and Resource Recovery Center (IL&RRC) at Jessore, Bangladesh

Integrated Landfill and Resource Recovery Center (IL&RRC) at Jessore, Bangladesh

Waste Concern Consultants in Partnership with Hifab (a Swedish consulting firm) designed `Integrated Landfill and Resource Recovery Center (IL&RRC) at Jessore, Bangladesh’. A project under the City Regional Development Project being Implemented by Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Government of Bangladesh.

On 22nd February 2016 the Embassy of Sweden and Business Sweden hosted a conference on Smart Cites. The event was facilitated by Swedish Ambassador Johan Frisell, with Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Honourable Minister, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives as the Guest of Honour. This was particularly significant for us, as this is the Ministry under which most of Hifab’s Asia projects fall.  Other special guests included Brig. Gen. Md. Emdad ul Bari, Director General of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission; Syed Afsor H. Uddin, CEO, Public Private Partnership Authority, Prime Minister’s Office and Annisul Huq, Mayor, Dhaka North City Corporation who was extremely interested in how some of our regional projects could be incorporated into Dhaka.

Hifab was one of 7 Swedish companies invited to present contributions and our Director Region Asia, Nathalie Tranefeldt linked our ongoing projects in poverty reduction and environmental sustainability to the call for “Smart Cities”.

Much of the talk focused on a case study being piloted in the city of Jessore, which will transform a crude uncontrolled dump site into a controlled integrated landfill site with resource recovery facilities. The treatment centre has been designed and will be implemented by Waste Concern Consultants, Dhaka, in cooperation with Hifab as the design and supervision Consultant for the overall “City Region Development Project”, Local Government Engineering Department.

When completed, this pilot project, which is still in the planning stage, will transform refuge management in the city.  Using the 3R principles of waste management; reduce, reuse, recycle, 75% of the managed waste will be recycled and recovered, with a considerable percentage being converted to compost and biogas. The biogas will generate enough electricity to make the entire plant self-sufficient in electricity.

This will be a major change in a city where 80% of the waste is currently dumped straight into fields and ponds in an uncontrolled way. Waste water (toxic water, rain water and water from the waste) will all be managed at the plant, which includes a dedicated faecal sludge facility. Wet sludge will be treated and used for irrigation, while solid sludge will be treated and used as fertilisers.

The improvement to life in the city will be far reaching, with modern covered bins keeping down smells and vermin, while Green House Gas emission for the city is expected to be reduced by 50% in 5 years. This should bring improvement in terms of health, while the availability of locally produced fertilisers and biogas promises to have a positive economic impact on the entire town.

The finished facility will be owned by the city of Jessore, but operated by a private company.

In the Dhaka news: The Daily Star – follow the link: http://www.thedailystar.net/city/smart-energy-planning-can-balance-urban-dev-environ-576511