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Goree Island Composting Project, Dakar

goree1This project is transforming micro-gardening in the district through the repair and redesign of an unused system of sorting and composting. The project includes all levels of participants in households, schools, public institutions and commercial infrastructure. It is a partnership with the municipality and a local NGO partner, Institut Africain de Gestion Urbaine (IAGU).

Using community surveys, much effort was made at the outset of this project to understand the perceptions and needs of the public related to micro-gardening and composting. Outreach activities also played a key role in preparing the community through information sessions and public meetings. Through these activities a full appreciation of the needs and potential outcomes of the project developed.

Training in waste separation has involved approximately 150 of the 200 households on Goree Island.

Durban Informal Recylers Project

durban recyclingIn Durban South Africa, Sustainable Cities International has been funding demonstration projects to pilot ideas which enhance the sustainability and livability of the city. Asiye eTafuleni, a local NGO, works with informal recyclers in the inner city to promote their legitimacy and build dignity. They do this by facilitating organization of the recyclers, designing carts to facilitate the collection of recyclables, giving recyclers uniforms to improve their presentation, and running a Friends of the Recyclers Program which aims to improve the relationship between the recyclers and local businesses. The project has been successful in increasing the recyclers' weekly income, improving co-operation among recyclers, and lifting their ability to interact with other members of the public. In the next phase of the project, Asiye eTafuleni will be working with the recyclers to identify public space issues and designing creative infrastructure solutions to help integrate the informal recyclers into the city.

Dar es Salaam Community-Based Waste Management

dar wasteMore than 70 percent of Dar es Salaam's residents live in unplanned settlements. Waste collection in these areas is difficult and many residents simply burn their household garbage or dump it along roadsides or rivers. However, much of the household waste in unplanned areas is collected by small-scale community-based organizations. These groups consist mainly of youth who collect waste by push cart. More than half of the household waste produced in Dar is organic, so there is a largely untapped resource being trucked to the dump every day. This waste has the potential to be turned into high quality compost that can be sold locally to Dar's urban farming community.

South East Asian Solid Waste Improvement Project (SEALSWIP)

sealswip1The South-East Asian Solid Waste Improvement Project (SEALSWIP) was undertaken from 1997 -2001, working with six cities (Hat Yai and Udon Thani in Thailand; Iloilo and Bacolod in the Philippines; and Rantepao and Makale, Tana Toraja in Indonesia). In each city, a stakeholder committee of local government, private sector and NGO representatives was convened to identify priorities and come up with action plans to improve municipal waste management. Sustainable Cities supported the stakeholder groups with technical and project management expertise and provided funding for demonstration projects related to municipal solid waste management.

Phuket Waste Management

The spectacular Island-Province of Phuket is a prime tourist destination in southern Thailand. However, the area was overwhelmed with garbage, which was simply piled beyond the boundaries of its largest town. Local authorities were eager to improve on this practice and so, starting in 1994, with the encouragement of the Thai government, Sustainable Cities helped local authorities to find the first stepping stones to sustainable solid waste management. This meant changes in both the physical logistics and the institutional framework for managing waste. Sustainable Cities brought the public and private sectors together to tackle solid waste problems and involved everyone from the Mayor to the waste scavengers.