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[Ambassador report] Zero Waste in Africa.

by Frank Mugisha | 07-09-2021 08:11 Comments 7 recommendations 1



The Zabaleen in Egypt demonstrate that there is a huge potential for zero-waste programmes in Africa. In contrast to many other places in the world, the continent’s waste composition is characterised by a high percentage of organic waste due to the preparation of fresh food and limited use of packaging. The method of feeding organic waste to animals is old and has been applied also in cities such as Sousse in Tunisia and Moshi in Tanzania. Another striking example is Bamako in Mali, which has reached a high recycling rate through terreautage – the practice of selling unprocessed and partially composted waste to crop and vegetable farmers.

A similar process is taking place in Zanzibar, Tanzania. In September 2017, the island initiated a zero-waste pilot project in which 200 households from low-income areas were selected to perform waste segregation. Eight people were also given the responsibility to educate their peers about waste collection and processing. The workers receive a monthly salary and they can make extra income from selling the compost as well as dry waste such as metal, plastics, glass, and carton paper.

Zero waste in Africa.

7 Comments

Hannah Mentor

  • Hannah Mentor says :
    Hello Frank, this is your mentor Hannah.

    Thanks for the article about eco-friendly movements in cities of Africa.
    Zero-waste pilot plan in Tanzania was most interesting information to me. Is the plan still being done? Hope it is expanded to more households, and I hope my city also apply this kind of zero-waste pilot plan as well since its quite realizable.
    Please keep up with your great work ;) THanks!

    Hannah
    Posted 14-09-2021 16:26

Vivian Nabisere

Gokce Nur AYAZ

  • Gokce Nur AYAZ says :
    Thank you for sharing this! :)
    Posted 08-09-2021 19:20

Archie Fully

  • Archie Fully says :
    This is great.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Posted 08-09-2021 08:27

Frank Mugisha

Prince Foley

  • Prince Foley says :
    The report is just so straight forward and clear..
    Posted 08-09-2021 06:12

Joon Mentor

  • Joon Mentor says :
    Hello Franks,
    this is your mentor Joon.

    Nicely pointed out that the continent's major waste production
    is organic. I believe this is hard to find in other continents.
    Though feeding animals might be old, I guess it can be effective
    as most of the waste is organic. If the approach is valid, we should
    not hesitate to use it. Also, good to hear different countries
    are trying different ways to reduce waste. Hope best solution
    can be found that can be adapted to other countries so that we
    can continue live on earth little longer.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Your,

    Joon
    Posted 07-09-2021 16:25

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