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Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (KTH) 2014

Opportunities and challenges of a Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Tsumeb, Namibia

Croset, Elliott

Titre : Opportunities and challenges of a Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Tsumeb, Namibia

Auteur : Croset, Elliott

Université de soutenance : Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (KTH)

Grade : Master (Two Years) 2014

Résumé partiel
The handling of wastes is an eternal problem, all societies are confronted to this issue. Their origins are very diverse, they could come from industrial activities, power production, shops, retail or household for instance. While in developed countries the collection is generally efficient and the disposal safe, the situation in developing countries is different. The municipal budget does not allow the construction of advanced and expensive methods of disposal and the collection suffer from the age of vehicles. This generalisation is nevertheless not totally truth as the situation is extremely depend on the country but also of the city considered. Each city will need to adapt its waste management according to its size, climate, wealth, culture, etc... This report will focus on a Namibian medium town, Tsumeb. The aim is to be able to draw a clear picture of the waste management currently achieved. When the situation is well known, new directions to make Tsumeb refuse management more sustainable can be decided. Implementing progressively an integrated waste management (IWM) is a solution to the waste problem as it is considering economic, social and environmental impacts. A waste characterization was done in order to know the exact amount and composition of the waste generated in Tsumeb to implement afterwards the most suitable solution. The refuse of Tsumeb are surprisingly very similar to high income country. Moreover the stakeholders involved in recycling were investigated. A small informal sector is already making a living by recycling a few materials as glass bottle and cans. There is also a possibility to include extra stakeholder in the recycling process in Tsumeb. Recycling companies, recycling organization or investors are also important stakeholder who can be include in Tsumeb recycling plan.

Mots Clés  : Waste management, recycling, informal sector, waste characterization, Namibia, Tsumeb, integrated waste management

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