The Seychelles opened their second landfill site with the first state-of-the-art facility on the main island earlier this week to reduce groundwater resources and protect the groundwater supply.
The landfill, funded by the European Union, is located in Providence on the east coast of the main island of Mahe. It covers an area of 26,000 square metres and has containment areas of 3 metres in height, with up to 4 metres on the side facing the sea.
Alain Decommarmond, Secretary General of the Environment, said the new landfill is one of the best in the region.
"Seychelles continues to strive for more effective disposal of solid waste, but at the same time is exploring strategies to reduce the generation of waste in landfills," Decommarmond said.
The landfill has three drainage channels for the collection of liquids called "leachate" - a black liquid containing organic and non-organic elements. It is created when landfill waste decomposes and is washed away by rain.
About its expected function, Decommarmond said that it already serves as an educational institution for students and locals who want to learn about waste management.
Seychelles' first landfill in Providence was opened in March 2015 under the 9th European Development Fund.
At the opening ceremony of the new landfill, EU Ambassador to the Seychelles Marjaana Sall said that the project confirms the EU's commitment as a development partner to help the government of the island states implement their national development strategy.
Through this project, Sall said the EU is also mitigating climate change. "Solid waste is still the main concern. Waste contributes to the emission of methane, which is considered a greenhouse gas. “
Decommarmond said: "During the last 40 years of our bilateral relations and partnerships, the EU has always supported Seychelles with regard to our waste management challenges.
"We have no doubt that this excellent relationship will continue in the future," he added.
As part of the EU contribution to the fight against climate change, Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the Western Indian Ocean, has received 3.5 million US-dollar for the prevention of floods and the Community's resilience to climate change La Digue put.
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