By Nudge Sustainability Reporter Emanuel Manko
With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas, cities are becoming hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity as well as social development. However, the rapidly growing urban population which is expected to reach 6.5 billion people (two third of the world’s population) by 2050 poses serious challenges for the future cities.
Therefore, In order to achieve the universal target of access to safe, inclusive, accessible, green and public spaces for all, our cities need urgent integration of policies and planning as well as initiatives in ensuring a proper waste management. In fact, the Eleventh Sustainable Development Goal emphasizes on The Sustainable Cities and Communities all around the world.
In Dar es Salaam for example, Tanzania’s biggest commercial city, poor waste disposal is among the challenges the city has been facing for quite some time now due to a rapidly growing urban population as well as poor infrastructure to deal with proper waste disposal. In fact, Forbes ranked Dar es Salaam as the twelfth dirtiest city in the world with a sanitation index score of 40.4 against a standard score of 100.
With more than 3,000 tons of waste per day of which only 40% ends up in the designated landfill, Dar es Salaam inhabitants face serious health and sanitation problems.
Even the recyclable and valuable organic waste is dumped into the ocean or on damping sites without being recycled resulting in a loss of other forms of energy as well as increasing unnecessary amounts of waste produced per day.
Seeing this as an opportunity, The Recycler, a company that offers professional waste management and recycling services for waste streams in Tanzania is trying to find a way to solve this problem. The company offers different services such as general waste collection as well as on site sorting and collection of recyclable waste.
The type of recyclable materials that The Recycler deals with includes white papers, cardboards, glass bottles, cans and tins, and plastic bottles.
The company clients include general industries, oil, gas and mining sites, hotels and shopping malls, hospitals, office blocks, schools and universities.