The Potential for Solid Waste Recycling in Urban Area of Tanzania: The Case of Dar Es Salaam
International Journal of Environmental Protection and Policy
Volume 2, Issue 5, September 2014, Pages: 147-152
Received: Aug. 1, 2014; Accepted: Aug. 25, 2014; Published: Sep. 10, 2014
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Jonas Petro Senzige, School of Computational and Communication Science and Engineering - The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Arusha Tanzania
Yaw Nkansah-Gyeke, School of Computational and Communication Science and Engineering - The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Arusha Tanzania
Daniel O. Makinde, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X2, Saldanha 7395, South Africa
Karoli N. Njau, School of Materials, Energy, Water and Environmental Science - The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Arusha Tanzania
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Abstract
Recycling and reuse of solid waste has a number of benefits in the overall process of solid waste management. First, it reduces the amount of waste that has to be disposed off; be it in landfills or otherwise. In this way, it reduces constraints on other resources needed in the management of solid waste. Secondly, it is an economic activity through which new enterprises can be created and thus creating employment through collection and reselling recyclable materials, or working directly in the enterprises. In a solid waste characterisation study carried out in Dar es Salaam, it was found that despite the fact that 98% of solid waste generated per day can be recycled or composted, only 10% is recycled leaving 90% to be disposed in dumpsites. This paper we present the results and recommend formalisation of recycling activities in order to reduce solid waste management load to the authorities.
Keywords
Recycling, Composting, Solid Waste Characterisation, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
To cite this article
Jonas Petro Senzige, Yaw Nkansah-Gyeke, Daniel O. Makinde, Karoli N. Njau, The Potential for Solid Waste Recycling in Urban Area of Tanzania: The Case of Dar Es Salaam, International Journal of Environmental Protection and Policy. Vol. 2, No. 5, 2014, pp. 147-152. doi: 10.11648/j.ijepp.20140205.11
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