Kulob Solid Waste Sub-project



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Municipal and environmental infrastructure

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Approval date:

05 Sep 2017



PSD disclosed:

21 Mar 2016

Translated version of this PSD: Russian

Project Description

The EBRD is considering supporting the Kulob Soild Waste Sub-Project. The EBRD would provide a loan of up to USD 2 million to the municipal solid waste management utility. The Republic of Tajikistan would provide a sovereign guarantee. This sub-project is being financed as part of a wider EBRD programme to rehabilitate solid waste management in Tajikistan, the Tajikistan Solid Waste Framework.

The EBRD will also seek an investment grant from international donor(s) of USD 2 million to facilitate implementation of the sub-project which will address urgently needed solid waste infrastructure rehabilitation needs.

Project Objectives

The overall objectives of this sub-project are to: (a) rehabilitate the solid waste infrastructure, which is outdated, and purchase necessary equipment; and (b) improve financial and operational management of the municipal solid waste company.

Transition Impact

Transition Impact of the sub-project would be:

  • Improved standards of transparency and governance via the introduction of a Public Service Contract;
  • Development of a revised tariff methodology and associated tariff amendments and increased collection rates;
  • Capacity building of the solid waste management company through the preparation of a business plan, a Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme (FOPIP), introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), a management information system (MIS), accounts separation between landfill and waste collection;
  • Introduction of a formal consultation process with solid waste services users in form of a community based stakeholder participation programme;
  • Moreover, the environmental standards of the project will be substantially higher than local standards/practices. The project may also achieve inclusion impact by providing solid waste services to households currently not covered and improving health and living standards via controlled waste collection and landfill operations.

Client Information

Special Purpose Vehicle created for this project and wholly owned by the City.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 2,000,000.00

A loan of up to USD 2.0 million to the Company under a sovereign guarantee.

Total Project Cost

USD 4,000,000.00

The total project cost is USD 5.4 million including technical cooperation. The project will be cofinanced by an investment grant from international donor(s).

Environmental and Social Summary

Catergorised B (ESP, 2008). Environmental and Social Due Diligence (E&S DD) has shown that the Project will result in various E&S benefits. Potential impacts associated with the Project are expected to be site specific and readily addressed through standard mitigation measures. An E&S Action Plan (ESAP) has been developed to ensure that the sub-project is developed in line with the EBRD's Performance Requirements. Current waste practices are such that only 40% of waste is collected in Kulob using aging equipment and methods. This waste is disposed of to an old landfill site. The sub-project includes the development of a new sanitary landfill adjacent to the existing landfill, which will be closed. This would be supported additional collection points, waste containers, rehabilitation of existing collection points and equipment as well as improvements to Company facilities. These measures would ensure substantial improvements in efficiency and working conditions. The new landfill will be designed and operated in line with EU Landfill Directive requirements. Landfill gas will be recovered from both the existing landfill and the new landfill and then flared. Investigations confirmed the suitability of the site for the landfill with no groundwater intercepted during drilling. The landfill will be lined and leachate collected. No biodiversity issues have been identified. The subproject will bring current waste management operations closer to meeting the EU requirements, however, due to financial constraints, the waste management operations to be introduced will not fully achieve compliance with the requirements of the EU Waste Framework Directive related to waste recovery, recycling and re-use. Hence derogation will be sought from full compliance with the EBRD's E&S Policy. The sub-project will be subject to a standard 500m sanitary protection zone (SPZ) for landfill sites. There are currently three dwellings located within the SPZ. These dwellings are screened from the proposed landfill by a ridge which would reduce potential impacts.

The authorities have since approved a reduction in the SPZ to exclude these dwellings based on a risk assessment. A limited a number of waste pickers have been identified on site, some of whom are children. The sub-project makes provision, through the development of a livelihood restoration plan, for employment of adult waste pickers at the landfill. A special social programme will be implemented, together with the authorities, to address child waste picker issues. A social survey has indicated potential affordability issues for some vulnerable groups. The sub-project will develop a social support programme to enable low income groups to afford basis waste services. A review of existing E&S provisions identified the need to develop a management system to address environmental, social and health and safety risks associated with operations. This includes worker training and the use of appropriate equipment. These provisions will be implemented as part of the sub-project together with improvements to HR provisions. Waste management provisions will also be improved including waste management procedures, waste passport, inventory and acceptance procedures, environmental monitoring, emergency response planning and tariff collection. E&S impacts associated with the development of the sub-project will be managed through development and implementation of a construction E&S management plan and environmental monitoring plan and contractor monitoring and audits. A Non-Technical Summary and Stakeholder Engagement Plan have been developed to ensure that adequate stakeholder engagement and information disclosure is undertaken. This will include community awareness initiatives on health and waste management issues.

Non-Technical Summaries: English | Russian | Tajik

Technical Cooperation

The following technical co-operation (TC) assignments are envisaged as part of this sub-project:

  • Feasibility Study. To assist in the fully preparation of the Sub-Project including technical, financial and environmental and social aspects. (EUR 280,000, financed by the Government of the Czech Republic).
  • Sub-Project Implementation Support. International consultants to assist the sub-project implementation unit with engineering design, procurement, preparation and evaluation of tenders, contract award and administration, financial control, sub-project management and reporting. (EUR 500,000, to be financed in part by the EU Investment Facility for Central Asia and in part by an international donor).
  • Corporate Development and Stakeholder Participation Programme: (i) support institutional development in the form of operational improvements and financial improvements to secure sustainability of the water company; and (ii) implement a Stakeholder Participation Programme. (EUR 350,000, to be financed by an international donor).

Company Contact Information

Rustam Negmatov




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