A new landfill has been acquired by the city of Laayoune with a cost estimate of more than DH30 billion to enable a modern, coherent and sustainable waste management of the area.
Extending over 7.5 hectares and found 5 kilometer south-west of the city occupied by 200,000 people , the new landfill is expected to take care of over 150 tons per day of household waste and other waste alike and will accommodate more than 725,000 ton of waste treatment for over 10 years. The location was chosen through the decision made by a local committee of different sectors taking into account the preservation of the environment, protection of groundwater and removal of roads and housing groups.
Aspiring and aiming to have an up to date structure designed in order to protect the environment and balance of ecosystem, the new public landfill features advanced waste transport, collection and treatment technology. These features will make the efficient and sustainable management of household waste possible and by taking on new techniques and conforming with international standards for sterilization and elimination of bacteria to remove odors and toxic materials detrimental to human health and groundwater in the region.
According to the reeve of Laayoune, this project is necessary in strengthening the infrastructure needed for a balanced local economic impression, and highlight the efforts to safeguard the environment, and to apply required tools to revive the tourism sector in the region.
By the efforts the Department of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment and the Ministry of the Interior, the project was included in the National Programme of household waste which aims to guarantee the collection and clean-up of household waste targeting 90% collection rate and to have landfills dedicated to household and similar wastes for the benefit of all urban centers at 100% by the year 2020.