Smart City Sweden supports waste management project in Nigeria
Smart City Sweden has approved financing support for a waste management project in Karu, Nigeria. The project will evaluate how the region can reduce the amount of waste to landfill and increase recycling.
Sweden has extensive and efficient waste management systems in place with about 99.3 per cent of all household waste being recycled or recovered. Sweden’s waste is treated in integrated systems and recycled as district heating, electricity, biogas, biofertilizer and materials. Different treatment methods are used depending on the nature of the waste to make it possible to use the waste as a resource.
– We believe the Karu Waste-to-Energy project not only has the potential to significantly improve the waste management system in Nasarawa State and the North-Central region of Nigeria, but also reduce the climate impact from the waste management sector and enhance the living conditions of the citizens. We are very excited and look forward to working with the Beacon Energy Consortium on this project, says Östen Ekengren, Senior Business Advisor at IVL and Smart City Sweden.
The project will evaluate possibilities for material recycling and energy recovery from municipal solid waste, with a focus on plastic waste. The funds from Smart City Sweden will be used to co-finance the feasibility study, led by WSP Sweden and supported by the local firm Natural Eco Capital Limited.
– With the involvement of Sweden, we are assured of a landmark project which aligns with the State’s development agenda. Hopefully, this will become a case study for other recycling and waste to energy projects across the region, expressed Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency Engr. Abdullahi Sule.
Karu Integrated Waste Management Company (KIWMC) is a Special Purpose Company, established under a PPP between Nasarawa State Government and Beacon Energy Development Services Limited. KIWMC will operate a plastic recycling plant in Karu designed to recycle post-consumer plastics into resin pellets. The project includes the development of a plastic recycling value chain in the region. KIWMC also intends to expand into a material recycling facility that can process a broader range of municipal solid waste such as paper, wood, metal and glass and conversion of waste to energy.
– We’re very excited about the support from Sweden which comes following the completion of the Technical Audit of the Karu Recycling Plant. Through the grant, we will have a better understanding of the market opportunity and the design options for our larger recycling and Waste-to-Energy project, says Dr. Lazarus Angbazo, Senior Partner at Beacon Energy Development Services.
Smart City Sweden is a platform that welcomes delegations interested in learning more about Swedish sustainable city solutions and implementing them in their local context. The platform is managed by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and coordinated by the Swedish Energy Agency. Read more about Smart City Sweden here: smartcitysweden.com