Solid waste constitutes a major environmental problem in the commercial city (Blantyre) areas of Malawi especially in major Markets and Rivers in the district of Blantyre. Due to rapid increases in the population due to urbanization, the volumes of solid waste generated by residents have quadrupled in recent years. Facilities for disposing of solid waste have been over stretched hence mechanical clearing of solid waste has been rendered inadequate.
Poor waste management policies and practices, inefficient collection and disposal as well as insufficient awareness and negative attitudes to the environment are some of the major problems perpetuating high pollution in Blantyre city. About70% of the population live in over 20 unplanned communities where uncontrolled disposal of waste water and solid wastes is a common problem affecting water sources and living conditions. Outbreaks of water-borne diseases are thus frequent.
The project will address the challenges by acheiving the following;
Reduce quantities of solid waste through establishment of suitable management practices including reuse and recycling;puting in place an efficient and effective solid waste collection and safe disposal system and facilities in the selected areas;building capacities at municipal and community levels and public awareness creation for maintenance and rehabilitation of the solid waste treatment facilities.
The purpose of this project is to improve solid waste management and control pollution in general in order to protect human health as well as to enhance the quality of the premise environment in Blantyre City.
Therefore it is expected to directly benefit about more than 8000 people living in Blantyre City.