The Municipal Council of Maputo City (CMCM) said last week that there is still no exact date for the closure of the Hulene dump. However, the municipality ensures that the ongoing work for the closure of the site is 62% complete.
According to the director of Solid Waste Management of CMCM, Leonardo Almajane, inside the dump, work has already begun and everything is being done in detail, “to ensure that no one is harmed by the closure.
“While the closure process is taking place, the dump is also being improved, because what should happen is to avoid the risk of collapse,” said the official.
Leonardo Almajane assured that in approximately 15 hectares of the total 22 hectares of the dump, the garbage has already been compacted and new vegetation is already growing on the site, and revealed that streets and channels have been opened for rainwater runoff.
To reduce the impact on the environment and prevent the population from continuing to consume contaminated water due to the closure work, the director pointed out that retention basins have been built.
“The contamination of the water has decreased by 60%, which means that for the populations, the liquid arrives up to 40% polluted, but does not represent any health risk,” he emphasized.
Meanwhile, the Maputo Municipal Council stated that there is still no date for the completion of the work.
After its closure, the Hulene dump will serve as a separation point for solid waste that will then be transferred to the sanitary sites of Matlemele, in the municipality of Matola, and Katembe, in the city of Maputo. The collapse of the Hulene dump in 2018 caused the death of 17 people.