The women's group at the Waste Transfer Station, who process and recycle waste through a council-initiated programme, do not have access to vital PPE or equipment for managing waste. The Station is in a state of disrepair. We are seeking to make vital improvements to the space, transforming it into a Waste Management Hub and Demonstration site, improving income generation and access to sanitation for the women and reducing harmful waste impact on the surrounding community.
Lilongwe produces more than 250 metric tonnes of waste per day, less than 30% of this is collected, so the city faces a growing problem of accumulated waste. The Area 24 Waste Transfer Station has the potential to manage waste through recycling processes that would provide economic benefits to the 20 women working there and environmental benefits to the local community. However, the station infrastructure is in a state of disrepair and the group lack access to basic sanitation services and PPE.
This project aims to provide essential infrastructure improvements, including sanitation spaces and business equipment. Trainings will focus on diversifying and expanding income generating activities to ensure the 20 women are financially supported. The Station will become a demonstration space and functioning recycling centre, reducing waste impact in the area and providing trainings for community members in environmental education, waste management and understanding the opportunities in waste.
The project will directly educate 20 women in developing sustainable livelihoods, and provide vital access to sanitation and protective equipment. The improved waste management hub and demonstration space will benefit the community by reducing overall waste impact and acting as an educational space and training centre. Following proven impact, the project could be replicated in other existing Waste Transfer Stations - contributing to positive environmental, social and economic benefits long-term