Devising First Sludge Management Guideline being Finalized

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Addis Ababa  August  23 /2019 The preparation of the first sludge management guideline, which targeted to effectively implement the existing policies and laws concerning hazardous waste disposal across all sectors, has reached to its final stage, according to EFCCC.

Once validated, the guideline will provide manufacturers with harmonized approach to managing sludge after waste water treatment within the textile and apparel supply chain.

Accordingly, the guideline provides a clear list of priorities on how to classify manage, transport, handle, utilize, use or dispose sewage sludge.  

Addressing the half-day sludge management guideline validation workshop today, Director General for policy, Law and Standards, at EFCCC, Ayele Hegan said the guideline will enable to properly implement the existing policies, strategies and regulations adopted at the national level.

Lack of clear sludge management guideline hindered the execution of the policies, strategies, laws standards and regulations. He added that all stakeholders now recognized the significance the guidelines and on how to operationalize them.

The guideline addresses sewage sludge disposal from municipal to industrial wastewater treatment facilities including on site sanitation systems.

Ulrich Plein, Program Manager at German International Cooperation (GIZ) eTex added that the preparation of the document has reached to its final stage after two-year of composition. He added that “we are very happy to introduce such a crucial guideline”.

The sludge management guideline will enable Ethiopia to more effectively implement the existing policies and laws concerning hazardous waste products across all sectors, Ulrich Plein said.

The guideline will be operational soon after incorporating critical feedbacks from today`s validation workshop which was organized in collaboration between GIZ and EFCCC is completed.