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A Waste Management Plan for Recycling in Gwanda, Zimbabwe
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Ecology and Environmental Science.
2004 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A waste management plan for recycling in Gwanda, Zimbabwe

The city of Gwanda in Zimbabwe is facing problems such as insufficient, unreliable and improper waste management. The refuse collection is working inadequately, the town is experiencing a major problem regarding littering and the current refuse dump is not working satisfactorily. The main purpose of this study was to design a recycling model for Gwanda town. To achieve this, an inventory of the recycling market was performed, an investigation of what kinds of refuse Gwanda town generates was made, recycling companies able to collect specific categories of recyclables were identified and a recycling station was designed, where the material to be recycled could be gathered before collection. The study shows that paper and plastic are the most suitable waste categories to commence recycling in Gwanda. According to the proposed plan, a recycling depot will be established that is centrally situated in town, close to the sources of waste. The project will be community based and operated by youths, who will move around to stores and institutions within town collecting the recyclable material. Only the schools will be able to sell recyclables to the depot. Two recovering companies will purchase and collect the waste paper and plastic gathered at the depot. The project will benefit the youths by providing employment opportunities, the stakeholders (commerce, institutions) will benefit by reduced waste removal costs and the schools, through the profits they receive from selling recyclables to the depot. The local authority and the citizens will benefit immensely by enjoying streets free from litter and also reduced amount of waste disposed at the refuse dump. The lifetime of the refuse dump will be increased and the project will contribute to the preservation of natural resources and also to the development of a sustainable society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
Waste, recycling, recycling depot, recycling market, Gwanda/Zimbabwe.
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32201OAI: diva2:301483

Available from: 2010-03-03 Created: 2010-03-03 Last updated: 2010-03-03Bibliographically approved

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