Erbil has started turning its dated, open-air and environmentally damaging landfills into green spaces. Additionally, the capital city of the Kurdistan Region is in the tendering phase of constructing a recycling plant.
Erbil Governor Nawzad Hadi told reporters on Thursday that the landfills were discussed in a meeting of the Environmental Council of the Erbil Province. The old landfills will be covered in dirt. To kick off the initiative, Hadi and other officials planted saplings at a landfill west of Erbil.
“After covering them, it was decided that trees are to be planted in both places to become green space,” Hadi said.
One such old landfill is located between Basti Qatawi and Erbil’s Southern Industrial zone and another west of the city in Kani Qirzhala.
The two landfills will be covered with dirt and their gas will be released through pipes to prevent the remaining garbage from catching fire, added Hadi.
An area near Erbil’s Steel Factory also has been reserved for recycling, the governor revealed, and the government is currently negotiating with companies.