The main development objective is to improve solid waste disposal services for the communities and businesses of 33 Palestinian municipalities and Joint Service Councils in Bethlehem and Hebron Governorates through the provision of an efficient, socially acceptable and environmentally friendly mechanism.
The project would consist of the following components:
Component 1: Institutional Strengthening (US$0.50 million): This component would support consultants' services, workshops, study tours, campaigns and training for: a) improving JSC-H&B's institutional and human resource capacity in policy,operational and administrative aspects of SWM; (b) strengthening EQA in monitoring and reporting on environmental aspects of transfer stations, landfill facilities, and the closure and rehabilitation for interim use of dump sites; and c) public awareness on SWM at the regional and local levels.
Component 2: Development and Implementation of Solid Waste Management Investments (US$18.00 million): This component would support: (a) Civil works construction of a landfill facility and associated infrastructure (including rehabilitation of existing associated infrastructure); b) Civil works and installation of compactors for Hebron Transfer Station; (c) Civil works and installation of waste recycling pilots (owner-supplied equipment) at the landfill; (d) supply of operational equipment for the landfill; (e) supply of transfer station waste containers and waste container hauling vehicles; (f) Rehabilitation of existing dumpsite in Yatta (in Hebron governorate) for use during construction of the sanitary landfill and closure of all 17 dump sites in Hebron and Bethlehem governorates by end of construction period; (g) operational management contract for the sanitary landfill and transfer station; and (h) implementation of the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and the Abbreviated Resettlement Action Plans (ARAPs).
Component 3: Innovation Window for Waste Recycling and Composting (US$0.50 million): This component would support Consultants Services to prepare: (i) the feasibility and design of pilot projects for waste collection optimization, waste minimization, and waste recovery for recycling and composting including plans toward organizing waste pickers (scavengers) into commercially-viable service organizations; and (ii) Implementation of pilot schemes in waste recycling which would include investments required to launch small businesses and/or cooperatives.
Component 4: Project Management, International Procurement Consultant and Supervision (US$1.00 million). This component would finance: (a) incremental operation costs of the JSC-H&B Technical Operations Unit (TOU) including staff salaries, operational costs, travel related costs associated with training and conference participation, etc; (b) the cost of service of an international procurement consultant; and (c) a consultant firm for supervision of construction and operational management contract(s).