As a major step toward improving the waste management system in the southeastern portion of Georgia, two new non-hazardous landfills in the local municipality of Rustavi have been permitted for construction, the first in accordance with European Union (EU) Directives.
One landfill is intended for industrial and construction waste from the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline operation to allow disposal within the country, and the other within the same land parcel is planned to be a mixed waste municipal landfill for the benefit of the local community.
Golder prepared the ESIA and design by obtaining significant information and submitting the necessary proposals and applications to allow construction on a tight timescale. The ESIA was undertaken to satisfy Georgian legislation, EU Standards and any relevant policies of the client. Environmental and social baseline data were assessed for impacts in light of the agreed standards and mitigation measures and to develop an environmental and social monitoring plan for the life cycle of the landfills. The main components of the ESIA comprised air quality and meteorology; geology; hydrogeology and hydrology; traffic and infrastructure; noise and vibration; landscape and visual; cultural heritage; terrestrial and aquatic ecology; and socio-economics.