RANGOON — Rangoon Municipal Hall and the government of Japan are planning to jointly set up a garbage incinerator in Hlawga in Shwepyitha Township, Rangoon Division parliament was told this week.
“Currently, we are using the system of dumping waste on the ground, which pollutes the environment while wasting many areas of land. So, we want to build an incinerator so we can use those lands for other purposes,” Rangoon Mayor Hla Myint told parliament on Monday.
The 60-ton capacity incinerator will cost US$16 million, half of which will be paid for by Japan’s Ministry of Environment, while the other half will be paid for by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), the city’s municipal authority.
The construction of the incinerator is scheduled to start sometime between June and August, parliament was told. The installation will generate 700 kilowatt of daily energy from waste incineration, about 400 Kw of which will be used to power it.
It will be the third waste incinerator serving the city of more than 5 million. Thirty-three townships within YCDC’s municipal boundary in Rangoon Division dump 1,690 tons of garbage daily.
YCDC has already signed an agreement with a local company called Zeya Associate Co. to run a 600-ton-capacity incinerator at Dawei Chaung dumping ground in North Dagon Township and generate electricity, YCDC’s environment and sanitation division has said.
In addition, in partnership with a Korean company called Gsasson International Korea Ltd, YCDC has built an 800-ton-capacity incinerator at Hteinbin dumping ground to generate electricity, said Aung Myint Maw, assistant head of the environment and sanitation division of YCDC.
The incinerators will use a landfill gas emission system to generate electricity.
“Hteinbin and Dawei Chaung projects are ready to produce electricity. But we are waiting to sign a power purchase agreement with the Ministry of Electrical Power to sell the electricity,” Aung Myint Maw said.