The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) is to fund guidance on reuse and recycling technologies for use in poorer African countries.
An advisory document will be delivered by charity WasteAid UK, with support from consultancy Resource Futures, and will cover reprocessing technologies that require minimal or low capital investment and which produce products for local markets.
The report will provide case studies and ‘how to’ kits to encourage replication for municipal solid waste and other waste streams, as well as the necessary health and safety and environmental protection measures.
Ed Cook, senior consultant at Resource Futures, said: “We’re aiming to put together a suite of technological approaches which can be adopted in a range of different circumstances. The most important thing is that each proposed approach is appropriate for the community it will benefit and the type of waste being generated, and that it’s cheap to implement and maintain.
“We want these interventions to be self-sustaining for the recipients, enabling them to develop their own businesses and encourage others to follow suit.”
Professor David C Wilson, CIWM senior vice president and patron of WasteAid UK, will lead the report.
He said: “More than two billion people worldwide do not have a waste collection service, which results in severe public health problems – through children playing amongst waste, blocked drains, infectious diseases and inhalation of smoke from open burning.
“Many cities in Africa and Asia are growing so rapidly that in 15-20 years’ time they will be generating twice as much waste as they do today.
“Already struggling with the waste crisis, these cities desperately need targeted support from the international community. In the meantime, sustainable and self-financing community-led solutions can make immediate improvements, hence the focus of this research.”
In its first year the charity has set up community recycling facilities in The Gambia, Senegal, Ghana and Kenya.
Director Mike Webster said the guidance will enable the charity to help thousands of communities around the world to improve the way they manage their waste.
“It will show people how to treat different materials to maximise their value and minimise risks to human health and the environment,” he said.
WasteAid UK will field test the guidance at a community waste management conference in The Gambia in Spring 2017 and the final document will be launched at the CIWM Presidential inauguration in October 2017.
- WasteAid trainees making charcoal briquettes from organic waste