The first waste-to-energy facility in Africa was inaugurated in the capital Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
The installation, which is called the Reppie project, burns at least 1,400 tons of waste per day.
The waste will be converted into energy, as the nation focuses on a climate-proof green economy in the future.
The site has received $ 120 million in funding from the Ethiopian government and has been designed and built by a consortium with Cambridge Industries Limited, China National Electric Engineering and Ramboll.
"The growth of the energy sector has been an important driver of economic growth in Ethiopia in recent years, because electricity supply is desperately needed to move the economy from predominantly agricultural to industrial and attract local and foreign investors," Declared the president of Ethiopia, Maluta Teshome.
"Ethiopia has invested heavily in hydropower, geothermics, wind energy, solar energy and now biomass to support the production sector with a supply of clean, renewable energy."
"Reppie waste-to-energy project is part of that big strategy."
"The Reppie project is only part of Ethiopia's broader strategy to tackle pollution and include renewable energy in all sectors of the economy," said Zerubabel Getachew, the deputy permanent representative of Ethiopia at the United Nations.
"We hope that Reppie will serve as a model for other countries in the region and around the world."