Waste Management

UNEP has been providing technical and financial support waste management in the Africa. The following is an overview of the activities and includes links to the documents available on the RE/SCP publications webpage as well as on the information platform on waste management of UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) : 

  1. Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan for the City of Maseru, Lesotho

In 2005, UNEP undertook a field mission to Lesotho on the basis of a request made by the Ministry of Tourism and Environment of Lesotho to assess the situation on the growing problem associated with solid waste management in Maseru City. Based on the outcome of the field visit and the consultations that took place with principal stakeholders, a baseline assessment on solid waste management in Maseru was carried out followed by the development of an Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan (ISWMP) for Maseru City. The assessment and the development of the plan were carried out in collaboration between the Ministry of Local Government of Lesotho, the University of Cape Town and UNEP. The plan was developed on the basis of past experience, independent observation, interpretation of available information (including a baseline study of waste generation in Maseru), and interaction with relevant stakeholders. The ISWMP is supported by a technical background report on Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs) which provides further guidance on achieving the deliverables. The ISWMP as well as related documents are available on UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre website which provides an information platform on activities and projects on waste management.

http://www.unep.or.jp/Ietc/GPWM/table3_projects.html

  1. Comprehensive Plastic Waste Management Strategy for the City of Nairobi, Kenya

The document has been prepared in 2006 for the pilot project on plastic waste management in Nairobi by the Kenya Cleaner Production Centre with financial support from UNEP and UNDP. The general implementation of the project was guided and coordinated by a project steering committee of which UNEP was a member. The strategy is based on the 3R approach that focuses on reducing, reusing and recycling generated waste with the aim to set up a sound material’s economy in a form of a working partnership of key waste management stakeholders of the city of Nairobi into a functional plastic waste return scheme. Key components of the strategy include a rapid results initiative; stakeholder participation; public education and awareness; capacity building and technological support,; setting up of plastic waste recycling demonstrations; information dissemination on best available practices; policy dialogue and analysis; good environmental governance and networking; prudent financial management; actual plastic waste recycling; revision of the education curricular; and undertaking of Research & Development in plastic waste recycling

An Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan for Nairobi is being developed through collaboration between the universities of Nairobi and Cape Town for the City Council of Nairobi on assignment of UNEP. The draft and related documents are available on the website of UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre:

http://www.unep.or.jp/Ietc/GPWM/table3_projects.html

  1. Development of an Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan for the Cities of Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

In January 2010, a training workshop on Integrated Solid Waste Management on the Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (3R) approach was carried out in Bahir Dar. The training is one of the activities of a project on developing an Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan for Bahir Dar. UNEP and the Forum for Environment also carried out an assessment of the solid waste management system of Bahir Dar and identified gaps for the development of an ISWM plan, which was followed by a stakeholders meeting that discussed issues of concern as well as target setting for ISWM. Information on the development of the plan is available on the website of UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre:

http://www.unep.or.jp/Ietc/GPWM/table3_projects.html

UNEP has also recently started a project on developing and institutionalising an Integrated Solis Waste Management Plan for Addis Ababa.