Lack of adequate waste management in Kabul leads to poor health conditions particularly among children and poor environmental conditions. We have designed a community-based initiative named "Turning Waste into Wealth" which is dedicated to public benefits through formulating 3Rs-based activities at community level. The project aims to impact on well-being of the communities and the environment in district 7 of Kabul. The project targets vulnerable women and men through local Shuras.
The most conservative estimates show Kabul generates over 600,000 tons waste per year, which would require roughly 50% of the current municipality budget if waste was all adequately collected and disposed. Lack of adequate waste management in Kabul leads to poor health conditions, including diseases such as gastrointestinal, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, malaria skin diseases and respiratory allergies, particularly among children and poor environmental conditions.
The project "Turning Waste into Wealth" will (a) Mobilize the targeted community and change their behaviors by improving their awareness on practicing hygiene and best practices on waste management; (b) Create income-generation and job opportunities through skills training for women and men on Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle (3Rs) method; and (c) Build the capacity of local shuras on effective use of composting machines for producing compost.
In the long run, the project will impact on the protection of health and well-being of targeted population in district 7 of Kabul city through creation of an integrated and environmentally sound waste management system that is practiced by the targeted beneficiaries