Thilafushi landfill will soon be converted into an eco-friendly garbage disposal site that manages waste using modern technology, Environment Minister Aminath Shauna stated during a visit to inspect the landfill’s remediation.
During the visit, Minister Shauna told the media that the initiative will assist to eliminate the hazardous chemicals produced from the site, which are polluting the air in the Greater Male’ area.
According to the environment minister, the Asian Development Bank-funded project focuses on effectively extinguishing the fires, remediating the landfill, and developing a new waste management system capable of tackling the unresolved issues that have existed at the site for nearly three decades.
Shauna expressed confidence that the project, which has received technical assistance from the ADB, will be completed by October.
She stated that the long-term goal is to turn Thilafushi into a green space, complete with eco-friendly, modern technologies to handle the island’s garbage.
The Thilafushi dump is the primary trash disposal location in Greater Male’. Around 830 tons of trash are discarded of in the island daily. The landfill is producing air pollution and other environmental difficulties in the region due to a lack of an efficient waste management system.