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Waste in Africa

  • Cleaning up the E-Waste Recycling Industry

    EGYPT, 2016/01/08 Upon opening a shipment of computers it had received through the International Children's Fund (ICF), a Ghanaian school discovered the equipment sent was 15 years old. Most of the computers needed replacement parts, parts that weren't available anymore. In the end, the school managed to get only a single computer working again. While the ICF had good intentions, a fake charity had handed it a container of what was meant to be workable secondhand material that was actually closer to its end of life--that is, entirely waste. That unfortunate Ghanaian school is only one victim in a long chain of corruption, theft and organized crime that stretches from Brussels to Cape Town.
  • Cheap, waterless toilet that turns waste into clean water and power to be trialed in Africa

    AFRICA, 2016/01/08 A cheap, easy to maintain, "green" toilet that uses no water and turns human waste into electricity and clean water will be trialed in 2016, possibly in Ghana. Dubbed the "Nano Membrane Toilet" by its creators from Cranfield University, UK, this new approach to managing waste could help some of the world's 2.3 billion people who have no access to safe, hygienic toilets. The toilet's magic happens at the same time as you close the lid. The bottom of the bowl uses a rotation mechanism to sweep the waste into a sedimentation chamber, which helps block any odors from escaping. The waste is again filtered through a appropriate nanotech membrane, which separates vaporized water molecules from the rest of the waste, helping to prevent pathogens and solids from being carried further by the water.
  • Burning waste could provide Africa with 20% of its electricity needs But they have to keep those toxic by-products out of the atmosphere.

    AFRICA, 2016/01/08 Producing electricity from urban solid waste could provide energy for up to 40 million African households in 2025, according to a study co-authored by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC). In a statement published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, JRC researchers determined the potential of recovering energy from trash by using landfill gas and waste incineration, and found that it could have provided additional than 20 % of the continent's total energy consumption in 2010. Where there are humans, there's trash, and an awful lot of it, too. Over the completed century, we somehow managed to increase our annual waste generation 10-fold, going from producing 110 million tonnes per year in 1900, to 1.1 billion tonnes in 2000. By 2025, household trash could all to a staggering 2.2 billion tonnes each year globally.
  • West Africa turns into dumping ground for e-waste

    BENIN, 2016/01/08 As measures by nations in East and Southern Africa to prevent the dumping of e-waste take result, West Africa has become a destination for old computers, mobile devices and components. European Commission and U.N. studies show that West Africa is becoming a dumping site for e-waste from various parts of the world. Meanwhile, communication technology and services firm Ericsson says West Africa is becoming highly affected by e-waste, relative to other regions on the continent.
  • The Minister for Water, Prof Jumanne Maghembe

    TANZANIA, 2014/12/10 Tanzania’s government is set to initiate a 32 billion Tanzanian shilling water project at Kirya village, in Mwanga District, Kilimanjaro Region. The Minister for Water, Prof Jumanne Maghembe announced the news recently at a public rally held at Kirya Njiapanda. During the event, Maghembe assured citizens that water problems in the village would any minute at this time be a thing of the completed., but cautioned them to price all government projects and preserve them as their heritage, according to local broadsheet Tanzania Daily News. He added that Tanzania’s government is committed to fulfilling all its electoral pledges included in its manifesto, as well saying that it was up to the people to deliver for their own benefit and that of next generations.
  • “Garbage swallows Accra,”

    GHANA, 2014/05/27 A crisis in garbage collection in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, that has seen mountains of refuse in the streets and in front of houses and offices, was one of the major stories covered by the media this week. The newspapers as well gave wide coverage to the sudden passing of veteran politician, Mr Paul Victor Obeng, last Saturday, with people across the political divide and from all walks of life paying tribute to him. “Garbage swallows Accra,” was the major story of the national-owned Graphic on Thursday, as the crisis escalated and health officials warned of the outbreak of diseases if the garbage is not collected. The newspaper said the Accra metropolis was under “siege” from mounting garbage that presently threatened the health of residents.
  • Rwandan Minister of Agriculture, Agnes Kalibata.

    RWANDA, 2014/03/20 Rwanda plans to introduce a new mobile phone technology that will use treated waste water from purification stations across all 30 districts of the country, to irrigate plantations, according to the Rwandan Minister of Agriculture, Agnes Kalibata. She said the water to be used on several hectares of plantations in marshland areas across the country would be treated in line with the country's agriculture policy to reduce poverty that is affecting small-scale farmers from remote rural areas. Kalibata, who was addressing parliament on the current trends of agriculture innovation in the country, said the Rwandan government is currently emphasizing on the use of mobile phone to ensure that this technology could as well facilitate the irrigation master plan and hillside irrigation system.
  • Waste storage Only 5% treated, state seeking private partners

    ALGERIA, 2013/04/28 Algeria has an abandoned treasure but lacks the ability to grasp it as data shows that a better organized waste storage would be worth 230 million euros a year. Out of the incredible amount of waste produced annually, only 5% is recycled and the national is seeking private investors in a sector which has few risks.
  • Waste treatment and management results

    EGYPT, 2013/03/29 The final event of the CIUDAD GEDUM project of European communities drew to a close on Thursday in Setif, Algeria. A large number of representatives from local communities across the region took part in the closing seminar, discussing the complex issues connected with integrated and sustainable management of solid urban waste in Maghreb nations.
  • Human Waste Woes in the Slums

    KENYA, 2013/01/01 The odour of human waste is unbearable at the pit latrine behind Nancy Anyango's home in Manyatta, a sprawling slum in the western city of Kisumu. Nearby, a heap of rotting garbage lies between long rows of shanties. From a distance can hear the flies buzzing. The open pits exacerbate the threat of disease. They are as well a physical risk for children. Only a couple of months ago, Anyango lost her three-year-old son at the same time as he fell into of them while playing with other kids.