Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti

The project “Integrated Solid Waste Management – Kutaisi”

The Integrated Solid Waste Management Kutaisi (ISWMK) Project in Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti regions aims at improving the overall environmental situation in the regions by enhancing the solid waste management system including waste collection and transport, closure of existing landfills, and construction of a new Regional Non-Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility in accordance with national and international standards (EU standards)



Overall contractual framework

The project was developed and is currently being implemented within the bilateral German-Georgian cooperation agreement with support of a credit provided by KfW.

  • Project results: the construction of a new regional landfill in compliance with EU standards with a network of connected transfer stations, the closure of the Nikea landfill in Kutaisi and the introduction of an integrated waste management system by supporting and enhancing the capacities of all involved parties (SWMCG, municipalities, citizens and stakeholders)
  • Project duration: Phase 1: April 2015 – April 2019; Phase 2: April 2019 – April 2022
  • Target region: The new landfill will serve the Imereti and the Racha-Lechkhumi / Kvemo Svaneti regions
  • Project beneficiaries: Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia, 16 municipalities, 500 000 citizens
  • Total investment: 27.6 mio Euro

Construction and operation

The Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia is the direct beneficiary. The landfill is planned and constructed on behalf of the company and will be operated by it after construction. The landfill for Imereti and Racha Lechkhumi/Kvemo Svaneti is the FIRST regional landfill that will be constructed. SWMCG has the following tasks and responsibilities in the project:

  • Work with international consulting companies for the design, the construction supervision and the overall operation of the company
  • Contracting construction companies
  • Supervision of construction works
  • Final approval and reception of construction
  • Owner and operator of the new landfill


The Accompanying Measures Consultant (AMC)

This component is implemented by the German consultancy company PEM Consult together with INTECUS GmbH (Germany) and GAMMA (Georgia) and delivers training and consulting services to support and improve the organisational and institutional capacities of the Solid Waste Management Company. Its main tasks and responsibilities are to support and improve the capacities of the Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia in the following fields:

  • Organisation and management
  • Financial management
  • Technical competences
  • PR, communication and public awareness activities.



Financing Instruments

German-Georgian Cooperation, KfW

Within the bilateral German-Georgian Cooperation Programme, the KfW provides a € 20 mio loan to the Georgian State.


Government of Georgia

The Government of Georgia contributes with € 4 mio to the total costs of € 26 mio.


EU Neighbourhood Investment Platform (NIP)

The European Union provides through its EU Neighbourhood Investment Platform (NIP) a € 3.6 mio grant for financing the technical assistance for implementing the project.


There are 16 municipalities of the regions Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti in which are living about 500 000 citizens who will be the final beneficiaries of the new integrated waste management system.