MEMP travels to Ukulhas island to test waste management equipment

27 March 2012 : 17:41

Maldives Environmental Management Project (MEMP) staff have travelled to North Alif atoll Ukulhas island to obtain information on the use of waste management system on the island and to test the waste management equipment being used for waste management activities. The team was accompanied by a staff from the Environmental Protection Agency.
On the one day trip, the team tested the can crusher, plastic shredders and generator at the Island Waste Management Centre, as well as finding out how the waste management on the island is carried out by the council. The equipment was handed over in 2009 to the island through the South Ari Project.
The waste management system in Ukulhas now covers operational costs, with the system including separation of waste at household level, and the separated plastic and iron being sold on to resellers. The Island Council has implemented daily collection of waste that is already separated at source from all houses for a monthly fee of MRf 100.
The visit and testing will help MEMP in developing waste management plans for the islands of the North Region: Noonu, Raa, Baa and Lhaviyani atolls. MEMP will be assisting the 46 inhabited islands in the four atolls of the North Region to develop their island waste management plans in advance of the commencement of operations of the Regional Waste Management Facility being set up in the region in the near future.