Africa’s First Waste to Energy – Reppie, Ethiopia

Africa’s First Waste to Energy – Reppie, Ethiopia

The Reppie Waste to Energy plant in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is the first Waste to Energy plant in Africa, completed in February 2018.

Reppie Waste-to-Energy plant in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reppie Waste-to-Energy Facility. Image: Stuartkribki | CC BY-SA 4.0. | Wikimedia.

Reppie is locally known as Koshe (Amharic for dirty).  The Koshe dump site in the southeastern part of Addis Ababa and is Ethiopia’s largest landfill. This dump site has been in operation for over 50 years. The Koshe dump site was modified into the Reppie plant thus revolutionising the city’s approach to waste management.

Furthermore, the Reppie plant can process 1,400 tonnes of waste per day.  This is equivalent to 80% of the cities rubbish. Using a controlled combustion process the Reppie plant should generate enough power to supply households with 30% of their electricity needs. The electricity produced meets European air emissions standards.

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Reppie Waste-to-Energy plant in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reppie Waste-to-Energy Facility. Image: Stuartkribki CC BY-SA 4.0

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